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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

Bríd Ní Ghráinne

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved.date: 04 October 2022

Subject(s):
Internally displaced persons

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 Internally Displaced Persons (‘IDPs’) are described by the United Nations Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement as persons or groups of persons who have been forced or obliged to flee or to leave their homes or places of habitual residence, in particular as a result of or in order to avoid the effects of armed conflict, situations of generalized violence, violations of human rights or natural or human-made disasters, and who have not crossed an internationally recognized State border (Introduction para. 2). 2 IDPs are similar to refugees in the sense that...
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