Working with Older Persons in Forced Displacement

Older refugee women and men face particular challenges during the different phases of displacement (flight, displacement, resettlement, and reintegration). UNHCR staff and partners need to ensure that the rights of older persons of concern are met without discrimination. To do this, teams should develop a thorough understanding of both the needs and capacities of older persons in displaced populations. Systematic application of the Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) approach is central to achieving UNHCR’s commitment to make sure that older persons have access to, and are included in, all protection activities and durable solutions. The following note provides guidance on what to consider when enhancing their protection.