Assessing the Impact of Displacement: Methodological Issues
The study of involuntary displacement is methodologically complex, because displacement, resettlement and rehabilitation are lengthy and complex processes involving various settings, several phases and numerous players. The dispersal of displaced families complicates data-collection. There may be a gap of more than 15 years between the time a household is notified of the government’s intention to acquire the land or the house, or both, and the actual move to the relocation site (or some other place). In this transition period, households may undergo serious changes.