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 UNHCR, Statistics 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.