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Fall in Haiti's Displaced Population--International Organization for Migration

Fall in Haiti's Displaced Population--International Organization for Migration

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FOR
IMMEDIATE
RELEASE

December
9,
2010
Dramatic
fall
in
Haitis
IDP
population
PORT
AU
PRINCE
 
The
International
Organization
for
Migration
has
recorded
an
important
fall
in
the
number
of 
people
living
in
camps
since
the
12
January
2010
earthquake.

Some
500,000
internally
displaced
people
(IDPs)
have
now
left
the
camps
from
a
peak
of 
1.5
M
over
the
summer
months
to
 just
over
1
M
in
November,
a
reduction
of 
nearly
one
third
of 
the
IDP
population.

Such
decrease
is
even
more
dramatic
in
semi
urban
and
rural
areas
and
towns
away
from
greater
Port
au
Prince,
such
as
Leogane,
Petit
Goave,
Gressier,
Grand
Goave,
Jacmel,
where
the
population
in
camps
has
decreased
by
over
50
per
cent
or
even
by
two
thirds
in
Leogane.
The
population
of 
Haitis
1,199
spontaneous
and
organized
settlements
is
rapidly
heading
below
one
million
people,
as
people
seek
an
alternative
to
living
in
a
tent
or
shelter.

Surviving
in
poor
living
conditions
during
the
long
hurricane
season
has
persuaded
many
to
seek
alternative
housing
solutions
outside
of 
the
camps.
Many
are
reported
to
have
simply
gone
home.
The
population
in
camps
is
not
made
of 
hapless
individuals
passively
waiting
for
benefits.
We
finally
start
to
see
light
at
the
end
of 
the
tunnel
for
the
earthquake
affected
population,
said
Luca
DallOglio,
IOM
Haiti
chief 
of 
mission.
Coming
amid
political
instability
and
the
roll
call
of 
natural
disasters

an
earthquake,
hurricane
Tomas
and
then
Cholera
 
these
are
hopeful
signs
that
many
victims
of 
the
quake
are
getting
on
with
their
lives.
The
return
of 
people
from
camps
to
their
original
homes
or
other
solutions
has
been
one
of 
the
thorniest
issues
for
the
humanitarian
community.

The
lack
of 
land
tenure
and
the
destruction
of 
many
houses
in
already
heavily
congested
slums
left
many
of 
those
displaced
with
few
options
but
to
remain
in
shelters.
The
intensity
of 
the
rainy
season
made
it
unbearable
for
many
to
remain
in
often
leaking
tents.
Fears
of 
cholera
due
to
poor
sanitation
and
hygiene
also
persuaded
many
people
to
leave.

An
estimated
100,000
have
also
been
re
housed
in
transitional
shelters.
Many
others
returned
to
their
communities
to
live
repairable
houses
(marked
either
green
or
yellow).
There
have
also
been
increased
evictions,
especially
from
schools
and
places
of 
business
as
well
as
churches.
Some
households
left
congested
Port
au
Prince
all
together
going
home
to
the
regions.
Others
sent
their
children
to
the
countryside
for
a
better
life.

Disturbingly
there
has
also
been
an
increase
in
evictions
in
recent
months
as
landlords
repossess
their
property.
Evictions
of 
schools,
places
of 
business,
and
churches
have
been
common.


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