Addressing inequalities and accelerating SDGs


International labour organisation (ILO)

The world is witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record. According to the UNHCR, in 2018 there were over 70.8 million forcibly displaced persons, of whom 29.4 million were refugees and asylum-seekers. 84% of the world’s displaced are in developing countries. While forcibly displaced persons face specific vulnerabilities, including psychological trauma, lack of opportunity and protection risks, host communities struggle to pursue their own development efforts in an environment that has been transformed by a large influx of newcomers. As displacement has become increasingly protracted, responses are focusing more on durable solutions backed by more dignified, inclusive and comprehensive programmes for refugees and the communities that host them. The aim is to enhance self-reliance, facilitate empowerment and strengthen social cohesion.