IOM sees sharp decrease in Haiti camp populations

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A young boy looks out his window in Port-au-Prince.Credit: UN Photo/Logan Abassi

The number of Haitians displaced from their homes as a result of the 2010 earthquake is at its lowest, according to a new report by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

IOM says it has seen an 87 per cent decrease in the number of internally displaced households and an 80 per cent reduction in the number of sites or camps.

IOM's Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), a tool used to accurately assess the camp populations in Haiti, reports a total of 172,000 individuals still displaced and living in 306 sites or camp-like settlements in Haiti.

Jumbe Omari Jumbe of IOM says the reduction is due mainly to the return programmes, initiated late in 2011, that offer rental subsidies to the internally displaced persons.

"It is responsible for the current drop and the closure of 42 sites and the relocation of those 14,460 persons in the past three months . As IOM Chief of Mission in Haiti says, it is a realistic goal now to close this displacement chapter forever in the next one year or two year from now."

The return programmes are led by the Government of Haiti in collaboration with IOM.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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