A new study finds a generally restrictive approach to refugees’ right to work across 20 countries have taken in 70 per cent of the world’s refugees. Most are reluctant to ease these restrictions too.
The majority of refugees work in the informal sector, but under much less satisfactory and more exploitative conditions compared with nationals. Informal labour markets are also constrained in countries with fragile economies which often host large numbers of refugees, says the study.
The research concludes that:
- more national and international coordination is required,
- multiple actors should share in the responsibility to deliver decent work,
- labour market policies as well as training and education should be harnessed to support sustainable livelihoods,
- refugee social capital should be more effectively engaged