#RefugeeEconomics: Investigating the Economic Impact of Forced Displacement

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From March 1 #RefugeeEconomics  will be posting questions about refugees’ economic activities, self-reliance strategies and challenges faced.

#RefugeeEconomics ( www.refugee-economics.com ) is a reporting project headed by Flavie Halais that investigates the economic impact of refugee crises on host communities. When displaced populations settle in host countries, jobs, consumer prices and public resources are invariably affected. However the right policies can help refugees thrive and contribute to the local economy through entrepreneurship, increased consumption and taxes.

With the bulk of refugee crises taking place in the developing world, this project looks at how weaker governments and fragile cities can deal with mass displacement by enabling the economic integration of refugees. On March 7th we leave for fieldwork in Uganda and Kenya, where displaced populations are partaking in local and international trade in spite of the restrictions and stigmatisation they face as refugees. We’ll pay special attention to Uganda’s permissive policies in regards…

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