Michael Clemens, Senior Fellow and Co-director of Migration, Displacement, and Humanitarian Policy, Center for Global Development
Gideon Maltz, Executive Director, Tent Partnership for Refugees
Radha Rajkotia, Senior Director, Economic Recovery and Development, International Rescue Committee
Paolo Verme, Lead Economist, World Bank
Cindy Huang, Senior Policy Fellow and Co-director of Migration, Displacement, and Humanitarian Policy, Center for Global Development
Our previous research, Are Refugees Located Near Job Opportunities? reveals that there are as many as 2.1 million working-age refugees in major urban areas in developing countries. However, in most developing countries, refugees lack the right to work and own a business, and face a variety of other barriers to employment such as limited freedom of movement. CGD’s Michael Clemens, Cindy Huang, and Jimmy Graham have produced a new working paper and policy brief—The economic and fiscal effects of granting refugees formal labor market access—that finds granting refugees formal labor market access has the potential to create substantial benefits for refugees and their hosts. These include greater productivity, increased tax revenues and incomes for hosts, and greater economic security and stability for refugees. Join us for a discussion of the central findings of the paper and recommended policies that can facilitate these benefits and mitigate potential costs.
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