Getting on the list: the registration of children born to IDPs

Published: 16/May/2015
Source: Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre

Discussion paper:

Forced displacement devastates lives. Most internally displaced people (IDPs) lose their homes, land, livelihoods and personal documentation, and many suffer the death of family members or become separated from them. Their overall experience severely hampers their ability to exercise a wide range of fundamental human rights. It can also seriously impede children’s right to be registered at birth.

Despite the international obligation to record the births of all children who fall under the jurisdiction of a state, worldwide nearly 230 million children under the age of five have not been registered for a wide range of reasons, from social and cultural to legal and logistical.1 Many are born to parents who have fled conflict, violence and natural hazards.

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Themes: Identity Documents, Birth Registration, Nationality and Refugees
Regions: International
Year: 2015