Refugee Economies: Forced Displacement and Development

Hardcover | December 17, 2016

byAlexander Betts, Louise Bloom, Josiah Kaplan

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Refugees have rarely been studied by economists. Despite some pioneering research on the economic lives of refugees, there remains a lack of theory and empirical data through which to understand, and build upon, refugees' own engagement with markets. Yet, understanding these economic systemsmay hold the key to rethinking our entire approach to refugee assistance. If we can improve our knowledge of the resource allocation systems that shape refugees' lives and opportunities, then we may be able to understand the mechanisms through which these market-based systems can be made to workbetter and turn humanitarian challenges into sustainable opportunities. This book adopts an inter-disciplinary approach, based on original qualitative and quantitative data on the economic life of refugees, in order to begin to build theory on the economic lives of refugees. It focuses on the case of Uganda because it represents a relatively positive case. Unlike othergovernments in the region, it has taken the positive step to allow refugees the right to work and a significant degree of freedom of movement through it so-called "Self-Reliance Strategy". This allows a unique opportunity to explore what is possible when refugees have basic economic freedoms. Thebook shows that refugees have complex and varied economic lives, often being highly entrepreneurial and connected to the global economy. The implications are simple but profound: far from being an inevitable burden, refugees have the capacity to help themselves and contribute to their host societies- if we let them

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Refugees have rarely been studied by economists. Despite some pioneering research on the economic lives of refugees, there remains a lack of theory and empirical data through which to understand, and build upon, refugees' own engagement with markets. Yet, understanding these economic systemsmay hold the key to rethinking our entire app...

Alexander Betts is Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs and Director of the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on the politics and economics of refugees. His books include Protection by Persuasion: International Cooperation in the Refugee Regime (Cornell University Press, 2009), ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0 inPublished:December 17, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The History of Refugees and Development3. Refugee Economies4. Research Methodology5. Urban Areas6. Protracted Refugee Camps7. Emergency Refugee Camps8. The Role of Innovation9. The Role of Business10. ConclusionAppendix