According to the most recent reports of the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) in Geneva, 33.3 million people are now internally displaced by violent conflict, while 143.9 million people have been displaced by disasters between 2008 and 2012. These are shocking figures behind which lie a vast and numbing canvass of human misery and survival on the edge of the abyss. But the figures don’t tell us about an even larger number of people who are displaced by development, through projects, foreign investment including in land deals, mega events such as Olympics, urban renewal and redevelopment, and everyday market-based evictions. A conservative estimate by ESCR-Net, a global advocacy group, of those who are displaced by development during the last decade, stands at 15 million per year. Given that many more who were displaced in the past years remain to be resettled, the actual numbers of development-related displacement could be 250 million or more.
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