Top ten countries with most internal displacement in 2012. Graphic: IDMC

13 May 2013 (IDMC) – The IDMC 2012 dataset includes displacement information reported on disasters in 82 countries. The ten countries with the most new displacement in 2012 also had at least one event recorded in the top 20 largest displacement events listed in section 3.

In 2012, as for 2008-2012 overall, the same five countries (China, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Nigeria) had the highest numbers of people displaced. India had the most new displacement worldwide in 2012 (9.1 million) and the second highest number of displaced over 2008-2012 (23.8 million). However, this was almost half the number in China where 49.8 million were displaced over the same five year period (see Figure 5.1 and Table 5.1).

Displacement levels in the Philippines and Pakistan from 2008 to 2012 also ranked them among countries with the highest levels of displacement relative to the size of their populations (see Figure 5.3). In the Philippines, between one and 3.9 million have been displaced annually while, in Pakistan, annual estimates have ranged widely between a low of 85,000 in 2009 to 11 million in 2010.

Global Estimates 2012: People displaced by disasters



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