The Refugee Economies Programme | Refugee Economies

Supporting the economic inclusion of refugees

The Refugee Economies Programme, based at the University of Oxford, undertakes research on the economic lives of refugees.

Through primary data collection, we explore the conditions under which refugees can become self-sufficient and make positive economic contributions to their host states and societies. Our research is interdisciplinary, combining economics, anthropology, history, and political science. We collect original qualitative and quantitative data, and often draw upon a range of participatory methods, including working with refugee researchers. We aim to be policy-relevant but not policy-driven, and we collaborate with governments, international organisations, NGOs, refugee-led organisations, universities, and businesses.

Our work has three complementary pillars:

Collectively, these represent the questions that need to be answered in order to effect policy change.

1.

Economic Outcomes

What explains variation in economic outcomes for refugees and their impact on host states?

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2.

Innovative Practices

What innovative approaches have been tried and with what consequences?

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3.

Political Economy

What shapes national and local policies on economic inclusion?

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Panel Data

The centrepiece of our research is the collection of an original panel data set, based on multi-country and time series data collection. With an initial focus on Uganda, Kenya, and Ethiopia, and covering 2017-2020, the dataset covers urban and rural areas, refugees and hosts, and includes multiple data collection periods.

Refugee Economies: Forced Displacement and Development

Refugee Economies: Forced Displacement and Development

The book about our research in Uganda.

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Talent Displaced: The Economic Lives of Syrian Refugees in Europe

Talent Displaced: The Economic Lives of Syrian Refugees in Europe

Explaining employment outcomes for Syrians in the UK, Austria, and the Netherlands.

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Refugee Economies: Rethinking Popular Assumptions

Refugee Economies: Rethinking Popular Assumptions

Exploring economic lives in camps and cities in Uganda.

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