Shifting away from a model of humanitarian assistance to one of refugee self-reliance will be an economic boon to Rwanda. But it needs to take a more comprehensive approach.
September 14, 2023
Izza Leghtas is a senior fellow at Refugees International where she focuses on refugees’ access to the labor market. Izza was previously the organization’s Senior Advocate for Europe. She has researched and authored reports on the plight of refugees on Greece’s Aegean islands, refugees’ access to work in Turkey and Jordan, and abuses people on the move face in Libya, among others. She also led the organization’s advocacy efforts toward the European Union. Before joining Refugees International, Izza was a researcher at Human Rights Watch and, prior to that, Amnesty International. She also worked as a consultant for UNHCR’s Special Envoy for the Central and Western Mediterranean Situation and for the International Rescue Committee. Izza has a Masters degree from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, and a Law degree from the University of Montpellier, France. She is fluent in English, Arabic, French and Spanish.