Expert Group on Refugee & IDP Statistics

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.

What does the Expert Group do?

EGRIS’s work is still in progress, but UNSC’s 49th session supported a proposal to develop a compiler’s manual for statistics on refugees and IDPs to provide hands-on guidance and refined methodology. As part of the process, work will also continue on refining the technical report’s recommendations for inclusion in the manual.

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.

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