The Expert Group on Refugee and IDP Statistics (EGRIS) was established by a decision of the 47th session of the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC) in 2016. Co-led by a steering committee made up of UNHCR, Statistics Norway and Eurostat, it is developing international recommendations, standards and guidance with the aim of improving the quality of official statistics on both populations. EGRIS is also working closely with statistical authorities to ensure strong linkages with national planning, budgeting and policy processes.
Given its many years of experience working with national statistics offices to produce data on internal displacement, EGRIS’ steering committee asked JIPS to lead the IDP sub-group with support from Statistics Norway and IDMC. Other members of the sub-group include colleagues from Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Kosovo, Iraqi Kurdistan, the Philippines, Somalia, Uganda and Ukraine, and thematic experts from UNHCR, the Office of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of IDPs and the World Bank.
EGRIS compiled two reports, both of which were formally adopted by UNSC’s 49th session in March 2018. One covered international recommendations on refugee statistics, and the other was a technical report outlining the development of comparable international standards for statistics on IDPs. Following UNSC’s adoption of its two reports, the next phase of EGRIS’s work is already underway.