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Inclusive policies are needed to help refugees and host communities flourish

SEPTEMBER 23, 2022

The study of 1.2 million refugees forcibly displaced from Turkey to Greece in 1923 found that granting rights, land, and housing to refugees led to greater social and cultural integration, as well as improved educational outcomes. Inclusive policies such as the right to work, freedom of movement, and access to social services also promote social cohesion and contribute to economic growth without sparking backlash. The research stresses that exclusionary policies are detrimental to both refugees and host communities and that inclusion is key to promoting economic and social prosperity for all.

The social and economic benefits of refugee arrivals

The social and economic benefits of refugee arrivals

MARCH 30, 2022

Uganda and Peru have adopted policies allowing refugees to live with locals and access basic rights and services, improving access to education and healthcare for host communities and reducing negative sentiment towards migrants. Research found that inclusive policies and development investments can bring social and economic prosperity to both host and displaced communities.

How new tools can more accurately measure the intersection of forced displacement, gender, and poverty

How new tools can more accurately measure the intersection of forced displacement, gender, and poverty

MARCH 22, 2022

This paper examines the intersection of forced displacement, multidimensional poverty, and gender using a tailored Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI). The MPI is applied to forcibly displaced populations in five Sub-Saharan African countries: Ethiopia, Northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Sudan. The paper suggests that future research should use intrahousehold breakdowns to address the needs of the most vulnerable and that deeper analyses of each MPI by country can help policymakers and development and humanitarian partners better design, target, and deploy poverty-alleviation programs.

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Want to keep internally displaced people in Somalia out of poverty? Increase women’s economic opportunities

MARCH 15, 2022

The research in Somalia used satellite images and smart algorithms to identify and survey internally displaced populations (IDPs) to understand the effects of gender on poverty among IDPs. The study found that poverty rates are higher among IDPs than non-IDPs, with male-headed households being poorer than female-headed ones among both groups. It suggests that poverty reduction policies and programs in Somalia should target and deliver aid based on factors like geographic location, nutritional status, and household composition, and consider women's lack of access to economic opportunities and their caring responsibilities.

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How to improve the integration of Venezuelan migrants and refugees in Brazil

April 22, 2021

Our new study examines the extend of integration of Venezuelan migrants, asylum-seekers, and refugees in Brazil, and explores some of the drivers of and barriers to integration. The study looks at the challenges facing displaced Venezuelans in accessing social protection programs and education in Brazil —a country that provides universal access to education, health care and social protection irrespective of legal status.   

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How refugees' decision to live in or outside the camp affect their quality of life

March 2, 2021

For refugees, simple decisions like where to live —either inside the camp or out— could have inevitable consequences and  affect their quality of life. Read  why understanding this is important for their welfare.

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Knowledge Brief Release: Indirect Health Impacts of COVID-19 on Displaced Populations

NOVEMBER, 2020

Watch the launch of our first of a series of knowledge briefs that highlight the intersection of COVID19, forced displacement, and health.

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Understanding What it Means to ‘Go Home’ for Afghan Refugee Returnees

SEPTEMBER, 2020

Read the blog on the living conditions of the large Afghan refugee population who returned from Pakistan between 2014 and 2017 —with a particular emphasis on documented returnees.

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How to Measure Poverty among Refugees when Data is Scarce – the Case of Chad

JUNE, 2020

Poverty data on refugees and host communities is scarce. Read our blog on how to measure poverty in such cases, with a focus on Chad.

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Does Armed Conflict Increase a Woman’s Risk of Suffering Intimate Partner Violence?

MAY, 2020

Read our blog on how the Boko Haram insurgency increased the risk of women’s experience of intimate partner violence in Nigeria.

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Will I be Granted Asylum? What Influences a Country to Accept or Reject Asylum Applications

APRIL, 2020

Read this blog on various political and macroeconomic factors that can influence host countries’ asylum policies.  

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Does the Impact of Refugees on Host Communities Pass Down through Generations?

JANUARY, 2020

Read our blog on the long-term impacts of sudden inflows of refugees on parents and their children in host communities. 

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Measuring Poverty of Refugees: Can Cross-survey Imputation Methods Substitute for Data Scarcity?

DECEMBER, 2019

As refugees are both poor and mobile, collecting socioeconomic information on refugees continues to be a challenge. Read our blog on how cross-survey estimation methods can be used to estimate poverty.

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From Poverty Reduction to Women’s Economic and Social Inclusion: How a World Bank Program is Achieving Remarkable Results

JUNE, 2019

Read about the impact results of the Targeting the Ultra Poor program in Afghanistan, which is improving socioeconomic indicators like consumption, food security, assets, and finance.

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Also, read Op-ed by former World Bank Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva  on the project.

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Forced Displacement: How Does it Impact Host Communities?

MAY, 2019

Read our blog on how, contrary to the popular assumption, forced displacement is more likely to deliver a positive outcome.

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Social Cohesion: Why Does it Matter in Forced Displacement Situations?

November, 2018

Read how social cohesion and relations between forcibly displaced and host communities are pertinent for host governments and other development actors. 

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Who Should Receive Humanitarian Assistance when Budget is Short?

AUGUST, 2018

Read how through targeted beneficiaries, development actors can better allocate humanitarian assistance and address budget shortage.

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