The Expert Group on Refugee and IDP Statistics (EGRIS)
Established by a decision of the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC) at its 47th session in 2016, the Expert Group was initially mandated with developing international recommendations, standards and guidance with the aim of improving the quality of official statistics on forcibly displaced populations. During phase one of the work the Expert Group developed the International Recommendations on Refugee Statistics and the Technical Report on Statistics of IDPs, both of which were formally endorsed at the 49th UNSC session in 2018. The endorsement of the International Recommendations on IDP Statistics at the 51st session in 2020 marked the conclusion of phase two. At the same occasion the UNSC welcomed the development of the Compilers’ Manual, and approved a third mandate for the Expert Group and the continuation of the group’s work on implementation of the new international recommendation over the next five years.
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 Statistics Norway, UNSD and IDMC.
Steering Committee: UNHCR, Statistics Norway, Eurostat, Turkstat, JIPS, the UN Statistical Division (UNSD), the World Bank
IDP subgroup: JIPS (lead), Statistics Norway, UNSD, IDMC, national statistics offices of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Georgia, Kosovo, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, the Philippines, Somalia, Uganda and Ukraine, as well as thematic experts from UNHCR, IOM, UN OCHA, the Office of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of IDPs, the UN Economic Commission for Africa’s Centre for Statistics, the International Security and Development Center, the African Development Bank and the World Bank.