UNHCR Strategy on Digital Identity and Inclusion -“Digitally Yours”

Why the digital inclusion of Refugees, Stateless and other forcibly displaced persons not only makes sense but is the right thing to do.

But identity in the 21st century is no longer just paper- based and centred on breeder documents, such as birth certificates and ID cards. With new technologies providing access to the internet, mobile phones and related services, to information, education, banking, and other economic opportunities, the concept and realities of identity broadens.

States have the responsibility to provide for the digital inclusion and identity of their citizens and those living on their territory. UNHCR assists member states in ensuring that refugees and asylum seekers, stateless persons, and other forcibly displaced are – digitally speaking – not left behind.