The world is experiencing a serious displacement crisis. By the end of 2015, there were over 65 million people displaced from their home due to conflict, violence and human rights violations. For most, the situations they are fleeing are themselves protracted crises offering no quick solutions. Hidden behind the statistics are the millions more who flee their homes but remain displaced within their own countries so do not cross a border. In fact, the over 40 million people are internally displaced persons (IDPs). Oxfam
makes no distinction in the way we work with both refugees and internally displaced people, ensuring their needs are met and their rights to live in safety without violence or coercion are upheld.
People fleeing their homes may end up in camps, but more often seek shelter in host communities. These 'hosts' share their resources with homeless families, sometimes for years at a time, but are often invisible to aid efforts focused on those who have fled. Oxfam takes great care that the work we do benefits host communities too: improving their facilities; supporting their livelihoods; and maximising the potential to co-exist peacefully. We also call on richer countries to take in a fairer share of the world's refugees than most currently do, and thus ease the pressure on
poorer countries which overwhelmingly host the highest numbers of refugees.