Refugee Economics |
A reporting project investigating the economic impact of refugee crises.
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the project

#RefugeeEconomics is a reporting project headed by Flavie Halais. It looks into what happens to the economies of countries and cities hosting large groups of people who have fled conflicts and disasters – and what can be done to turn forced migration into opportunities for all.

We look at the impact of displacement on local jobs and wages, on the price of food and housing. We analyse the strategies countries and cities can adopt to minimize disruption. And we follow refugees in their journey toward self-reliance.

“The existing paradigm fails to adequately recognise that refugees and other displaced persons have talents, skills, and aspirations. A rethink is urgently needed”.

—Alexander Betts, University of Oxford Refugee Studies Centre

Our journey

In the spring of 2016, we travelled to Uganda and Kenya, which are both hosting hundreds of thousands of people who have fled their homes over the past decades due to conflict and disaster. Many of them have been unable to return home, and have had to build a new life for themselves and their families.

We visited refugee communities in cities, camps and rural settlements to see how they are coping with displacement, and whether their presence has affected local jobs, trade and services. We also talked to researchers, humanitarian workers and policymakers to discuss new strategies for refugee integration.

The Ngo YARID ( Young African Refugees For Integral Development) has set up a tailoring workshop for Congolese refugee women in Nsambya, Kampala, to facilitate income generation through tailoring.

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