Call for Papers: Twenty Years of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement


© International Organization for Migration/Muse Mohammed

Title Twenty Years of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement

Issue Date October 2018

Call for papers deadline 4 June 2018

2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement. In the twenty years since they were launched, the Guiding Principles have assisted many States in their responses to internal displacement, and have been incorporated into many national and regional policies and laws. The thirty Guiding Principles apply across the displacement cycle: preventing displacement; protecting during displacement; upholding the rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs); supporting IDPs in return, local integration or in-country resettlement; and, in cases where restitution is not possible, providing assistance to recover property and possessions.

As of December 2016, over 40 million people were internally displaced globally due to conflict and violence – a figure that has nearly doubled since 2000. And every year, millions of people are forced to leave their homes because of floods, tropical storms, droughts, glacier melting, earthquakes and other natural hazards. The 20th anniversary of the Guiding Principles provides an opportunity to acknowledge the applications and successes of the Guiding Principles while reflecting on their limitations, challenges to their implementation over the past twenty years, their relevance to contemporary incidences of internal displacement, future challenges that might have to be faced, and the potential application of new understandings, approaches and technologies.

To mark this anniversary, the Forced Migration Review (FMR) is coordinating a special issue that will provide a forum for practitioners, policymakers, researchers and displaced people to share experience, debate perspectives and offer recommendations. In particular, the FMR Editors are looking for practice-oriented submissions, reflecting a diverse range of experience and opinions, which address specific questions (see here a list of examples). While they are looking for examples of good, replicable practice and experience as well as sound analysis of the issues at stake, they also urge writers to discuss failures and difficulties.


Maximum length: 2,500 words.

Deadline for submission of articles: 4th June 2018

If you are interested in contributing, please email the Editors at to discuss your ideas for an article. If you are planning to write, please take note of these guidelines for authors at When you submit the full written article, please note that authors are asked to ensure that their article complies with specific FMR submission requirements, as listed online at

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