Sunday, May 21, 2017

Tapping into the Economic Potential of Refugees

Niels Harild

Tapping into the Economic Potential of Refugees

Fostering Development through Transitional Social and Economic Integration

Globally, the number of refugees trapped in protracted displacement
situations is rapidly growing. For many of them, none of the three
traditional durable solutions to refugee crises – return to home
communities, resettlement to another place, or permanent local integration
– is a realistic option. Therefore, a fourth option must be discussed:
fostering temporary social and economic integration as an important step
toward rebuilding refugees’ lives. From a development perspective,
tapping into the economic potential of refugees during this displacement
period can reduce pressure on service provision, reduce fiscal stress,
create economic gains for both the displaced and the host communities, and
reduce tensions and, thus, the impact of exclusion and the potential for
violence. German and European development actors should work on a
comprehensive policy framework to support investments in refugee
self-reliance that also benefit host communities.

SWP Comments 2017/C 14, May 2017, 4 Pages