Internally displaced people have not crossed an internationally recognized border to find safety. Unlike refugees, they are on the run within the boundaries of their own countries.
UNHCR exists to protect and assist everyone who has been affected by forced displacement, including IDPs. We assume a coordination and operational delivery role in IDP situations to ensure protection is central to our work in order to prevent further displacement. We also provide life-saving assistance and work to identify solutions for displaced communities.
At the end of 2019, some 45.7 million people were internally displaced due to armed conflict, generalized violence or human rights violations, according to Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC),
In the Republic of Serbia 68,514 still have displacement-related needs of 199,684 IDPs that fled Kosovo in the period 1999-2004. Roma internally displaced persons are by far the most vulnerable among them.