Albania Saw the Most Internal Displacement in Europe and Central Asia During 2019

33,000 people in Albania were displaced in the wake of the September and November 2019 earthquakes. 

The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) has released its Global Report on Internal Displacement, according to which Albania saw the most internal displacement in Europe and Central Asia, primarily due to the several earthquakes that hit the country since September of 2019.

Two earthquakes in September, of 5.2 and 5.8 magnitude, destroyed 50 homes and led to the displacement of about 750 people. It was the 6.4 November earthquake, however, that damaged over 95,000 homes and caused the displacement of 32,000 people. Many of them remain displaced, still.

Wildfires and storms in Spain and floods in Russia led to the displacement of 23,000 and 12,000 people, respectively. Natural disasters also led to the displacement of 12,000 people in the UK with torrential rain causing them to flee their homes for fear of flooding. Floods, wildfires, landslides, and the strongest earthquake the country had seen in 15 years, caused 6,200 displacements in France.