About the session
The number of displaced and stateless people in Asia and the Pacific reached 11.3 million people at the end of 2021. These were of 4.2 million refugees, 4.4 million internally displaced people, 2.4 million stateless (includes stateless displaced), 1.1 m returning internally displaced people and 0.2 million asylum-seekers.
Demographic data is available for 78 per cent of these displaced and stateless people in Asia-Pacific, with a significant contribution resulting from the collaboration between UNHCR and academia using statistical modelling to estimate the sex and age-distribution of Afghan refugees in Iran. Among the displaced and stateless populations just over half are children, almost double the proportion of children in the region.
Agenda for this session
- Welcome Remarks: Rachael Beaven
- Forced displacement trends in the region by UNHCR Regional Bureau: Chao Chung
- Update on Expert Group on Refugee, IDP and Statelessness Statistics (EGRISS) and International Recommendations on Statelessness Statistics (IROSS): Natalia Baal, EGRISS
- Pakistan CCAR/NADRA registration figures: Ashar Ahmad, Pakistan
- Iran demographic modelling by University of Southampton: Jakub Bijak and Jason Hilton, University of Southampton
- Open discussion: moderated by ESCAP: Tanja Sejersen, ESCAP