IOM has released its latest quarterly Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) for Haiti three and a half years after the devastating earthquake that struck the island in 2010.
It shows that some 279,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) or 71,000 households remain in 352 IDP sites and camp-like settlements throughout the country.
Since the disaster, there has been an 82% decrease in the total number of displaced families and a 77% reduction in the number of IDP sites.
The DTM covering the second quarter of 2013 (April to June 2013) showed the highest decrease in IDP population since April 2012.
Some 33 sites closed and over 41,000 people or 10,439 IDP households were relocated – twice as many as during the January to March 2013 period.
Incentivizing return programs that helped people to leave the camps through payment of rent subsidies were responsible for the closure of 28 sites and the relocation of more than 9,300 of the families.
Since June 2011 return programs led by the Government of Haiti in collaboration with IOM and other partners have resulted in the closure of 231 IDP sites and the relocation of some 40,600 IDP families.
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