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Mapping Refugees and Urban Job Opportunities (New Security Beat)
July 2, 2018
Although most of us picture refugees living in remote, dusty camps, as many as 2.1 million of the developing world’s working-age refugees reside in major urban areas—where they should have greater access to employment opportunities. However, according to a new report from the Center for Global Development, finding employment remains “one of the major unmet needs identified by refugees.”
To help illuminate this potential workforce, the Center for Global Development created an interactive map tool that displays the locations and sizes of refugee population relative to urban areas within 31 developing countries. Powered by open source mapping platform Mapbox, the map plots refugee populations by size and location (urban or rural). Hovering over a particular country will yield total refugee population, the percentage of working-age refugees, the breakdown between urban and rural populations, and the number of multinational companies and how many people they employ.