Displacement crisis impacts on security in Africa

The surge in displacement seen in Africa since the mid-2010s is a function of near-term and structural factors that are exerting multiple points of pressure on African households precipitating the decisions to uproot their lives and leave their homes.

Many African states have unresolved conflicts that in turn perpetuate internal and external displacement of millions of people. There are 13 African countries facing major armed conflict, and they account for almost 90% of more than 25 million people displaced by conflict and persecution on the continent. In recent years, Africa has hosted more than a third of the world’s conflicts and around 35% of all persons displaced as a result.

This displacement figure represents both the accumulated effect of long, drawn-out conflicts as well as the sudden surge of displacement seen in new crises. In some cases, it is a combination of the two.

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