IOM: Lack of housing remains biggest hurdle to Haiti's recovery.

Nearly 810,000 Haitians are still living in makeshift camps one year on after the devastating earthquake, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Displaced Haitians

Displaced Haitians

The number is however significantly lower than the approximately 1.5 million who were housed in the camps in the aftermath of the earthquake.

IOM spokesperson in Geneva Jemini Pandya says resettling earthquake survivors back to their homes is key to Haiti’s long term recovery efforts, however the process could take years.

“There is a long way to go before the displacement crisis in Haiti is close to resolution. It is the most visible and the most intractable issue and the most challenging aspect of the humanitarian response to the country. Getting people out of camps and into durable housing and into jobs is key to long term recovery, but there are far too many obstacles to doing this quickly enough for the people in Haiti. Issues over land tenure in particular as well as the remaining rubble, lack of land preparation for construction, and environmental concerns are blocking any significant progress. Given these constrains it is likely that camp life will continue to be a reality for hundreds of thousands of people in the months to come. “

IOM says camp coordination activities have been the least funded in the Haiti humanitarian response receiving less than half of the funding required.

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