In order to respond to the needs of migrants and refugees, accurate, reliable data are needed to profile these populations. Currently, there is a critical lack of robust data regarding the numbers of disabled migrants, their characteristics in terms of age, gender, impairment, location or living situation. An estimated 10 million people are disabled within displaced populations, with around 2 million experiencing significant difficulties in functioning.1 Moreover, the numbers of disabled people are likely to be higher within displaced populations. Certain forms of migration, such as displacement and irregular migration, are associated with increased vulnerability. Through displacement, communities and families become split. Dispersal also brings associated insecurities and disadvantages. Disability however increases the vulnerability that all migrants would experience, and current literature recognizes that “disabled persons are one of the most vulnerable and socially excluded groups in any displaced or conflict affected community.

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