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Coming Home: UN Peacekeeping’s Role in Allowing Displaced Persons to Return

The last several years have witnessed a surge of conflict around the world, accompanied by a set of increasingly grim statistics regarding global displacement.UN Peacekeeping Displacement Report

According to the UN Refugee Agency (the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees or UNHCR), more than 65 million people have been driven from their homes by war, persecution, or human rights violations, representing the highest level of forced displacement in recorded history. This has placed an enormous strain on UN humanitarian agencies and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as countries hosting refugee populations, who are struggling to cope with an ever-expanding set of needs.

This report examines the role that UN Peacekeeping plays in allowing displaced persons to return home. It examines case studies from Liberia, Cote D’Ivoire, the Central African Republic, and South Sudan.

“Peacekeepers have played – and continue to play – a vital role in restoring peace and security and creating conditions under which refugees can voluntarily return home.”

— Shelly Pitterman, Regional Representative, USA, UNHCR