Not Ready to Return: IDP Movement Intentions in North-Eastern Nigeria, Borno State - Summary report of key findings, September 2017

Post date Thursday, 12 October, 2017 - 08:49
Document Type Report, Assessment Report
Content Themes Accountability to Affected Populations, Response Monitoring
Sources Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), REACH

New study: Displaced Nigerians too scared to return home

The vast majority of the 1.8 million people displaced in northeast Nigeria are not ready to return home, according to the Norwegian Refugee Council’s new report, ‘Not Ready to Return’.

“The findings of the report are undisputable. When 86 per cent of people tell us they aren’t ready to go home yet, we must listen. This cannot fall on deaf ears,” warned Jan Egeland, NRC Secretary General, who is visiting Nigeria. ”People must decide to return of their own free will. Coercing communities to move home is a deadly recipe set to worsen the conflict.”

The intentions of 27,000 people were solicited for the report, which is one of the largest pieces of research carried out on the displaced population. The report was commissioned by NRC, in partnership with REACH, the Danish Refugee Council and the Protection Cluster in Nigeria.

Over 80 per cent of people who are unwilling to return home in the immediate future cite insecurity as the main reason for staying put. Attacks against civilians are on the rise, and communities feel scared.

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