Study
Author

Roger Zetter, Héloïse Ruaudel

September
2016
Thematic Working Groups
Forced Migration and Development
Regions
Africa
East Asia and Pacific
Europe and Central Asia
Latin America and the Caribbean
Middle East and North Africa
North America
South Asia
The World Region
Applicable countries
Bangladesh
Ecuador
Ethiopia
Germany
India
Iran, Islamic Republic of
Lebanon
Pakistan
South Africa
Sudan
Turkey
United Kingdom
United States
Venezuela, República Bolivariana de
Zambia
Abstract:

For refugees, the right to work is vital for reducing vulnerability, enhancing resilience, and securing dignity. Harnessing refugees’ skills can also benefit local economic activity and national development. But there are many obstacles. Based on a sample of 20 countries hosting 70 percent of the world’s refugees, this study investigates the role and impact of legal and normative provisions providing and protecting refugees’ right to work within the 1951 Refugee Convention as well as from the perspective of nonsignatory states. Three metrics analyze the principle determinants of the right to work and labor market access: refugee and employment law, policies and practices that facilitate or constrain the right to work, and mediating socioeconomic conditions.

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