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Urban informal settlers displaced by disasters: challenges to housing responses


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Resource type:Research, reports and studies
Keywords:Disaster preparedness, resilience and risk reduction, Internal Displacement, Refugees/IDPs, Response and recovery, Shelter, Shelter and housing, Urban
Agency:Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
Author(s):McCallin, B. and Scherer, I.
Date published:June 2015

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.

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