Ideas to Action:

Independent research for global prosperity

Refugees and Displacement

The average refugee spends over 10 years in exile and most of the world’s 25 million refugees are not allowed to access formal labor markets. This means that millions of refugees—particularly those located in low- and middle-income countries—spend large portions of their lives without being able to legally work or achieve self-reliance.

To address this problem, MDHP will pursue research and outreach to help make progress towards policy changes that enable refugees to pursue decent work and improve their livelihoods--while also creating benefits for hosts. In particular, we will focus on education/skills training, due to its close relationship with employment and entrepreneurship. Research will include studies on the impacts of refugee-related labor market policies on outcomes for hosts and approaches to responsibility-sharing that bring together regional and international actors in supporting refugee-hosting countries. This research and subsequent outreach can help policymakers understand the benefits of granting refugees greater labor market access and increase evidence-based decisions in this regard. It will also lead to recommendations on how to create international compacts and agreements that lead to better outcomes for refugees (including greater work rights), hosts, and the international community.