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About Ethiopia

Ethiopia faces one of the most complex human mobility environments in the world, with a range of social, economic, political, and climatic factors driving populations within and outside its borders.

IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) is a system that monitors human mobility within Ethiopia to provide essential insights into the location, vulnerabilities, demographic breakdown and needs of displaced and mobile populations to provide the Government of Ethiopia, humanitarian and development partners, as well as donors and other relevant stakeholders with a useful evidence base for planning, advocacy, and response.

Since its launch in September 2016 in Ethiopia, the DTM has grown to be a fully integrated component of Ethiopia’s national and sub-national information management architecture, as it is the official source of data on internal displacement in the country.

In Ethiopia, mobility tracking captures internal displacement and return through three annual rounds of Site Assessments (focused on IDPs and the availability of services in their areas of displacement) as well as returning IDPs through the Village Assessment Surveys (focused on host community capacity to absorb returns targeting IDPs, returning IDPs, returned migrants and host community members and their access to services with a focus on livelihoods and reintegration).  Mobility tracking data is largely used to inform humanitarian response and development planning and as such is coordinated with both humanitarian and development actors in country as well as with the Ethiopia Disaster Risk Management Commission. Flow Monitoring captures inter-and intra-regional migration flows daily at key identified transit locations. This information is largely used to inform more developmental programming including migrant assistance and protection programming. This data is also shared with humanitarian and development counterparts in the country and is collected in close coordination with the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. Both DTM components intend to provide an evidence-base for programming and policy that is increasingly integrated and area-based. In addition to mobility tracking and flow monitoring, DTM Ethiopia also deploys thematic household level surveys to provide representative, granular information which can be triangulated with pre-existing DTM data collected through key informants and focus group discussions. This data enables the humanitarian and development communities to obtain important insight into the needs, conditions, vulnerabilities, and intentions of IDPs which can be particularly useful in informing programs, especially with regards to durable solutions, livelihoods, and other Humanitarian Development Nexus (HDN) related programming and policy initiatives.

DTM Ethiopia currently deploys over 200 staff and enumerators to track displacement, returns and migrant movements in the country.


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Current Donors
  • ECHO
  • Canada
  • Japan
  • EHF
Mobility Impact due to COVID-19 in Ethiopia

To better understand how COVID-19 affects global mobility, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has been working to map the impacts on human mobility, at Global, Regional and Country level.

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Ethiopia — Displacement Report 8, Tigray Region (3 November — 8 December 2017)

20,752 displaced individuals comprising 7,621 households in 61 displacement sites were identified in Tigray region. These figures represent an increase of 1,317 in the total individuals (4%), households (4.8%) and sites (3%) since round 7. Only 7 of the 61 sites opened in 2017.

Ethiopia — Displacement Report 8, Somali Region (3 November — 8 December 2017)

806,913 displaced individuals comprising 118,719 households in 331 displacement sites were identified in Somali region. These figures represent an increase of 123,692 in the total individuals (18%), households (11%) and sites (4%) since round 7. 68% sites opened in 2017.

Ethiopia — Displacement Report 8, Gambella Region (3 November — 8 December 2018)

In the Gambella Region, DTM identified 21,570 displaced individuals comprising 4,314 households in 21 displacement sites. These figures represent an increase of 1,578 individuals (8%), 490 households (13%) but a decrease of 2 sites (-9%) since round 7 (September/October 2017).

Ethiopia — National Displacement Dashboard 8 (November — December 2017)

The DTM data collection was conducted in collaboration with the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) between November 3rd and December 8th 2017. The majority of the recorded population were displaced in 2017, with 553 sites reportedly opened that year.

Ethiopia — Desk-Review Report: Migration Flows from Ethiopia to Europe (April 2017)

This desk review report is part of the outputs of the first phase of IOM’s project implementation on data collection to enable a better understanding of migration flows from Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan and Somalia towards Europe, a collaborative effort by DTM support team and r

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