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Data and analysis

Good decision-making relies on credible, timely data.

UNHCR is enhancing the availability and quality of data and evidence on refugees, displaced persons, stateless populations, and host communities to optimize resource distribution and develop evidence-based policies.
Bangladesh. Joint initiative to enhance KoBoToolbox for data collection and analysis in displacement.
UNHCR and its partners actively collect and analyze socioeconomic data to inform responses that enhance protection, inclusion and solutions for forcibly displaced persons.

Our efforts are concentrated in forced displacement settings with identified knowledge gaps and high demand for data and evidence, supporting effective engagement with government officials and development partners.

Our priorities include:

  • Promote the inclusion of forcibly displaced persons in national surveys, including those that measure poverty;
  • Generate socioeconomic data and evidence and increase their systemic use to better inform programming, policy and advocacy;
  • Leverage data and evidence as entry points to build for more sustainable support to displaced populations;
  • Identify critical knowledge gaps and strengthen analytical initiatives with development partners and researchers to fill these gaps for policymaking and programming.
For more information regarding UNHCR’s socioeconomic research on forcibly displaced populations, please email Craig Loschman at [email protected] and Ibrahima Sarr at [email protected].
Training in data collection for volunteers

Advancing the collection and use of data to inspire solutions for forced displacement

Latest publications

Somalia. Dire needs for internally displaced as deadly drought continues
Livelihoods lost: New JDC-UNHCR-World Bank survey shows an urgent need for urbanization, social, and humanitarian policies in Somalia
Colombia. Visit of HC, Filippo Grandi, to Darien Gap.
UNHCR-World Bank team uses a cross-survey method to estimate poverty for Venezuelan refugees in Colombia
An assessment of the labour-based regularization programme (PEPFF) of Venezuelan refugees and migrants in Colombia
Socioeconomic research, analytical notes and policy briefs on forced displacement
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  • Using cross-survey imputation to estimate poverty for Venezuelan refugees in Colombia – Working paper
  • A critical assessment of the labour-based regularization programme (PEPFF) of Venezuelan refugees and migrants in Colombia – Policy brief
  • Violence-driven displacement in Mexico: Why including IDPs in national statistics is necessary to inform a protection-based response – Report
  • Socioeconomic integration of forcibly displaced populations in Latin America and the Caribbean – Note – Video 
  • What does the evidence say about IDPs in Colombia? – Evidence bulletin #1 – September 2023
  • Impact of Venezuelan flow on Roraima State in Brazil – Implications for public policy
  • Integration of Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants in Brazil – Research paper – Blog post – Socioeconomic indicators dashboard (Portuguese)
  • Assessment of datasets in Colombia available for research – Data mapping
Asia and the Pacific
East and Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes
  • Impact of housing and employment support for Ukrainian refugees – Analytical brief
Middle East and North Africa
  • Socioeconomic impact of COVID-19 on forcibly displaced populations in LebanonMicrodata
West and Central Africa

Reaching the poorest refugees in Niger –Evaluation of food and cash distribution 

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UNHCR Microdata library

The library shares microdata on forcibly displaced and stateless people collected through census, registration/administrative exercises and surveys.

Access datasets and reports


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Global Data Service

We work with data and statistics, which help us to understand important information to save, protect and improve lives.

Access the UNHCR Data page


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Joint Data Center on Forced Displacement

We are working to enhance the ability of stakeholders to make timely and evidence-informed decisions that improve the lives of affected people.

Access the Joint Data Center


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Building the evidence on forced displacement

This research joint partnership aims to contribute to expanding high-quality and policy-relevant research on forced displacement. 

Learn more about the program