“Who are you?” Understanding the linkages between legal identity and housing, land and property rights in Somalia

Published: 19/Dec/2022
Source: Norwegian Refugee Council

Authors: Juliette Syn and Laura Cunial

Internal displacement in Somalia remains one of the most complex and long-standing humanitarian and development challenges in the world. With one of the highest displacement statistics globally, millions of vulnerable Somali people face an endless cycle of displacement, with no access to identity cards and other legal rights to help them rebuild their livelihoods and access basic services.

As the number of years that people are trapped in displacement situations continues to rise, and climate change and conflict continues to push people into urban cities, accessing legal identity and housing, land and property (HLP) has become even more important.

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Somalia conducted a study to: identify the types of legal identity (LID) documentation available; and further explore the extent to which the lack of such documents affect access to HLP rights by displaced families. Amid Somalia’s protracted humanitarian crisis, the study findings are expected to inform discussions on the development of Somalia’s identification management systems to better support displaced vulnerable community groups in accessing their basic human rights and achieve durable solutions.

Read further: https://www.nrc.no/resources/reports/who-are-you/

Themes: Birth Registration, ID Documents and Passports
Regions: Somalia
Year: 2022