#RefugeeEconomics: Investigating the Economic Impact of Forced Displacement


From March 1 #RefugeeEconomics  will be posting questions about refugees’ economic activities, self-reliance strategies and challenges faced.

#RefugeeEconomics ( www.refugee-economics.com ) is a reporting project headed by Flavie Halais that investigates the economic impact of refugee crises on host communities. When displaced populations settle in host countries, jobs, consumer prices and public resources are invariably affected. However the right policies can help refugees thrive and contribute to the local economy through entrepreneurship, increased consumption and taxes.

With the bulk of refugee crises taking place in the developing world, this project looks at how weaker governments and fragile cities can deal with mass displacement by enabling the economic integration of refugees. On March 7th we leave for fieldwork in Uganda and Kenya, where displaced populations are partaking in local and international trade in spite of the restrictions and stigmatisation they face as refugees. We’ll pay special attention to Uganda’s permissive policies in regards to economic integration and their long-term impact on host and refugee communities.

From business profiles to larger features on the future of humanitarian assistance, this project will yield a variety of stories for an international audience yearning for a different and more positive outlook on refugee crises.

To participate in the event: log onto Twitter from March 1 to 7, search for the #RefugeeEconomics hashtag and respond to questions and statements about refugee livelihoods and self-reliance.

For project updates follow Flavie on Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/flaviehalais.journalist ) and Twitter ( https://twitter.com/flaviehalais ).