Forced migrants: Labour market integration and entrepreneurship
Omar Kadkoy and
No 2017-61, Economics Discussion Papers from Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW)
In 2015, worldwide forced displacement was at its highest recorded level, surpassing 65 million. Out of this number, nearly 20 million people are those who fled their countries of origin to seek refuge in third countries. International responsibility sharing in terms of hosting the historical levels of refugee flows has so far been inadequate. Today, lowerand upper-middle income countries host 65 percent of the world's refugees, mostly in urban settings. Whereas refugee camps provide access to basic needs such as shelter, food and healthcare, displaced individuals living in urban settings have to sustain their needs through their own means. In turn, this requires access to labour market. To facilitate formal labour market integration of refugees in host countries, the authors call on G20 to mobilize the private sector in developing sustainable solutions for the global refugee crisis, endorse a "Virtual Observatory for Refugee Integration" to be operated by the participation of domestic policy think tanks in refugee hosting countries to monitor and to advocate private sector based policies for the integration of refugees around the world, and encourage its members and host communities to initiate startup visa programmes for refugees.
Keywords: Refugees; labour market; integration and entrepreneurship (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J15 J61 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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