Expert Group on Refugee & IDP Statistics

The Expert Group on Refugee and IDP Statistics (EGRIS) was established by a decision of the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC) at its 47th session in 2016. Co-led by a steering committee made up of UNHCRStatistics Norway, Eurostat, Turkstat, JIPS and the United Nations Statistical Division (UNSD), the group is mandated with developing international recommendations, standards and guidance with the aim of improving the quality of official statistics on forcibly displaced populations. EGRIS is working closely with national statistics authorities to ensure strong linkages with national planning, budgeting and policy processes. In addition, the group includes members from international and regional organisations and other technical experts.

Given its many years of experience working with national statistics offices to produce data on internal displacement, JIPS was tasked by the steering committee to lead the IDP subgroup with support from UNSD and IDMC. Other members of the subgroup include colleagues from the national statistical offices of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Georgia, Kosovo, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Libya, Nigeria, Norway, the Philippines, Somalia, Uganda and Ukraine, as well as thematic experts from UNHCR, the International Organisation for Migration, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the Office of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of IDPs, the UN Economic Commission for Africa’s African Centre for Statistics, the International Security and Development Center, the African Development Bank and the World Bank.

What does the Expert Group do?

EGRIS compiled two major documents, both of which were formally adopted at 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 the two products, the second phase of EGRIS’s work is underway.

UNSC’s 49th session supported a proposal mandating the Expert Group to develop International Recommendations on IDP Statistics and a Compilers Manual – a hands-on guide for the implementation of the recommendations on refugee and IDP statistics. This is still in progress.

How will the work be useful?

EGRIS’s ongoing efforts reflect the conviction that including forcibly displaced people in official national statistics is the gateway to integrating them in national development plans and the SDGs. The need for and benefits of better and more coherent official statistics on IDPs are widely acknowledged:

  • At the local and national level, to establish a sound evidence base to inform and improve policies, programmes and decisions; and to increase accountability and support policy debate, stronger advocacy and joint responses by governments and the humanitarian and development sectors
  • At the international level, to allow for comparable and consistent statistics between countries, to provide a stronger evidence base for policy progress and to help to ensure that displaced populations are visible in the SDGs.


Join us at these upcoming events

  • Partner Event
    02 Sep 19 - 04 Sep 19

    Internally Displaced Persons: towards more effective international protection and durable solutions (WP1705)

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