Urban informal settlers displaced by disasters: challenges to housing responses

Author: 
Barbara McCallin, Isabelle Scherer, Jennifer Duyne
Publisher: 
Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, Norwegian Refugee Council
Type of Publication: 
Status: 
Free
Language of Publication: 
English
Country: 
Argentina
Dominican Republic
Haiti
India
Indonesia
Nicaragua
Philippines
Sri Lanka
Turkey
Year of Publication: 
2015

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IDMC's report explores the challenges in providing sustainable housing assistance to informal urban settlers displaced by disasters. It looks at nine case studies from Asia, America and Europe.

The report identifies the difficulties faced by urban informal settlers in receiving long-term housing assistance in post-disaster situations. Informal settlers are more exposed and vulnerable to displacement and are more likely to be relocated and excluded from the provision of durable housing assistance.

Housing response in post-disaster settings can strongly contribute to the achievement of durable solutions, if the response fulfills the right to adequate housing and includes the provision of shelter, improved living conditions and hazard resilience.

Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC)
Norwegian Refugee Council