Research Reports

The Economic and Fiscal Effects of Granting Refugees Formal Labor Market Access

By Michael Clemens, Cindy Huang, and Jimmy Graham
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Many of the world’s nearly 26 million refugees spend years unable to provide for themselves or contribute to their host economies because they are legally barred from working or owning businesses. The Economic and Fiscal Effects of Granting Refugees Formal Labor Market Access demonstrates that granting refugees formal labor market access unlocks a range of benefits – for refugees, their host communities, and global businesses.

Read the full paper to learn more about the potential benefits associated with giving refugees the right to work, along with key policy recommendations that amplify benefits while mitigating potential costs.

This research was a collaboration between the Tent Partnership for Refugees and the Center for Global Development, a think tank working to reduce global poverty and improve lives through innovative economic research that drives better policy and practice by the world’s top decision makers.