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Côte d'Ivoire: IDPs face eviction from camps

Publisher Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC)
Publication Date 21 October 2011
Cite as Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC), Côte d'Ivoire: IDPs face eviction from camps, 21 October 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4ea146852.html [accessed 1 August 2014]
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According to the camp coordination and camp management cluster in Côte d'Ivoire, IDPs currently living in 12 IDP sites are at risk of eviction. At the beginning of October, some 24,000 IDPs were still in some 35 sites across the country, mainly in Abidjan and the west, due to the lack alternative housing and their fear of inter-ethnic reprisals. They have been under increasing pressure to leave as private owners try to reclaim their property. IDPs who have already been evicted from privately-owned sites have sought refuge with hosts.

Heightened inter-community tensions and land disputes have limited the viability of returns and have also caused further displacements. 22 per cent of displaced people interviewed for a study by CARE, OXFAM and the Danish Refugee Council expressed an intention not to return to their place of origin, because their home had been destroyed, it was still not safe, they had endured trauma there or could not reclaim their land. They had, however, little or no idea of alternatives available to them.

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