2022 Meeting of the EGRISS: Delivering on our mandate and looking to the future

12-14 December 2022

The EGRISS Secretariat is currently organizing its 2022 Meeting, ‘Delivering on our mandate and looking to the future’, that will be hosted by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and funded by UNHCR and other stakeholders.

The meeting comes at a critical moment as the world faces an unprecedented scale of forced displacement. For the first time, the number of people forced to flee due to persecution, war or violence is estimated to be over 100 million. When EGRISS was established in 2016 by the UN Statistical Commission, the numbers of refugees and IDPs worldwide were already high; since then many displacement situations have become protracted and new ones have emerged.

In mid-2022, the EGRISS reached halfway through its five-year mandate that takes it from 2022 to 2024. The scope of its current terms of reference significantly expanded compared to earlier years, moving beyond the group’s previously normative remit. Following the completion of International Recommendations on Refugee and IDP Statistics (IRRS and IRIS), the EGRISS’ work focuses on promoting and supporting their implementation. In 2021, the Group’s mandate was further expanded to develop a third set of recommendations on statelessness statistics (IROSS).

Several years have passed since the last all EGRISS members meeting, and significant progress has been made – we have much to celebrate together! Over a hundred examples of IRRS/IRIS implementation have been identified; EGRISS’ membership has grown to over 50 countries and 30 international and regional organizations; and four active technical subgroups are working together to improve statistical inclusion of refugees, IDPs and stateless persons in national systems. For these reasons, the 2022 Meeting will bring together the EGRISS members and other relevant stakeholders to strengthen the group’s ability to achieve its current mandate and discuss the possible future of the group.

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