This working paper is based on empirical research on translocal figurations of displacement in the DRC, and reports findings from eastern DRC, where many internally displaced persons (IDPs) seek refuge in host communities. It explores the central question: “How are protractedness, dependency and vulnerability related to the factors of local and translocal connectivity and mobility, and, in turn, how can connectivity and mobility be utilised to enhance the self-reliance and strengthen the resilience of displaced people?” Findings show that prior connections with members in the host communities are usually within the domestic sphere and are important drivers for people’s decision to flee to a specific place. In rebuilding their lives in displacement – and hence in their efforts to move out of protracted displacement and to become integrated – these contacts are often key to set in motion a ‘chain of connectivity’ that opens up new opportunities.