While no segregated studies of the impact of COVID-19 on livelihoods on forcibly displaced people in Indonesia amongst UNHCR's persons of concern exist, UNHCR observed since May 2021 increasing case numbers amongst refugees and asylum seekers, especially as refugees are currently not included in the national vaccination scheme and are not able to receive COVID-19 treatment through the State's budget, though few local governments recently started vaccinating refugees as well. As of June 2021, there were 10,082 refugees and 3,334 asylum-seekers registered with UNHCR, of whom 7,490 are from Afghanistan (UNHCR 2021).
The aim of the survey is to assess refugee's welfare, vulnerabilities, and coping strategies with regards to the socioeconomic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the impact of ongoing restrictions and the lockdown on refugees' socioeconomic status at a critical time of the pandemic in Indonesia.
This has been conducted via a phone survey to test effectiveness and feasibility of using Interactive Voice Response (IVR) as an alternative data collection mode to CAPI and CATI interviews, in times where access to face- to- face data collection can become difficult. The pilot survey measures livelihoods and the socioeconomic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on forcibly displaced people in Indonesia. The survey will contribute to the understanding of the living conditions and the impact of COVID-19 lockdown on refugees and forcefully displaced persons.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
v2.1: Edited, cleaned and anonymised data
The scope of the survey includes:
Household composition, access to services, access to livelihoods, impact of COVID-19, income generation.
Livelihood and Social cohesion
Domestic Needs/Household Support
All refugees, asylum seekers and others of concern to UNHCR
Producers and sponsors
Simple random sampling based off a random list of telephone numbers provided by UNHCR
United Nations Refugee Agency Microdata Library
Original Archive Study ID: UNHCR_IDN_2021_SES_IVR_v2.1
DDI Document ID
Development Data Group
Metadata adapted for World Bank Microdata Library
Date of Metadata Production
DDI Document version
Version 1 (December 2022). This version is identical to UNHCR DDI ID: UNHCR_IDN_2021_SES_IVR_v2.1, except the following edits were made:
-Document ID and Survey ID,
- Minor formatting corrections
- Specified the archive where study is originally stored