Housing, land and property (HLP) rights

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Date published
30 Aug 2023
Accountability and Participation, Forced displacement and migration, International law, Protection, human rights & security

Displaced people face particular difficulties in housing, land and property rights. Many were forced to flee and had to leave their homes, agricultural or other lands and related properties behind.

Finding housing or accessing land while in displacement can be one of the toughest challenges. When displaced people return after conflict ends, they may find their homes and lands destroyed or occupied by others, and they may have lost or lack the means to demonstrate their relationship to their homes or lands.

NRC's HLP work makes up one of the largest thematic areas of our information, counselling and legal assistance (ICLA) services. Their experts work with a range of justice mechanisms – traditional, religious and statutory – to help solve disputes over HLP, free of charge.