Is there a need for profiling a displacement situation?

A profiling exercise might be necessary for a number of reasons, including:

  • Lack of accurate information, disaggregated by sex ,age, location and diversity, needed for planning, assistance, policy and advocacy;
  • Lack of consensus on population figures, for instance if various actors have different information;
  • Absence of a cross-sector overview of the displacement situation or lack of agreement on how to update existing figures;
  • Shifting dynamics, such as a new wave of displacement or the start of populations returning to their places of origin.

Such data gaps can be identified through a desk review and analysis of secondary data. Governments, humanitarian and development actors should anticipate information needs and plan ahead, so that a new profiling project can begin in a timely manner. The decision to undertake a profiling exercise should be consultative, made in partnership with all actors that have an interest in better information about displacement.

Profiling can be relevant at different stages of displacement – from the onset of a crisis to protracted situations. A change in the displacement situation – for instance, if there is a new wave of displacement or if a return movement occurs – can also raise the need for a profiling exercise.

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