When forcibly displaced people can access work, they are more independent and can more fully contribute their skills and knowledge to their host communities. Though the right to work is enshrined in international law, in most situations, refugees struggle to access decent work in practice. This creates a wide range of challenges and forgone benefits, including risks for those who turn to the informal economy, lower incomes and living standards, and much greater dependency on aid.
Refugees International, in partnership with the Center for Global Development, researches innovative policy solutions and ideas to expand labor market access for refugees and forced migrants around the world and supports efforts to mobilize the private sector and other partners to champion this cause.
Refugees International Welcomes TPS for Venezuelans, Biden Admin Measures that ‘Affirm American Commitment to Humanitarian Protection’
September 21, 2023
Statement for the Record | “Unlocking America’s Potential: How Immigration Fuels Economic Growth and Our Competitive Advantage”
September 14, 2023
New Study: Refugees Restricted from Working in At Least 32 Countries, Limiting their Ability to Support Themselves and Contribute to Host Country
July 28, 2022
Featured Image: Hanan, a refugee from Yemen, prepares samosas in a cooking course at Nefas Silk Polytechnic College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on September 3, 2019. © UNHCR/Eduardo Soteras Jalil