Themes of

Access to and replacement of personal and other documentation

IDPs who have achieved a durable solution have access to the personal and other documentation necessary to access public services, reclaim property and possessions, vote or pursue other purposes linked to durable solutions. IDPs should be able to obtain or replace personal and other documentation without discrimination. During the course of displacement, people often lose documents necessary for the enjoyment and exercise of their legal rights, such as passports, personal identification documents, birth certificates, marriage certificates, voter identification cards, title deeds, school records and professional or academic certificates or social security cards.

Data on access to documentation should be collected at the individual level to allow for a disaggregated analysis by sex, age and other diversity criteria as needed. This is important because certain individuals may face particular challenges in accessing documentation (e.g. women and separated or unaccompanied children, though they all have a right to have documentation issued in their own names).

Macro-level analysis on issues such as the overall legal and policy framework on this subject, as well as the availability and effectiveness of mechanisms and procedures to obtain or replace documentation should also be included.