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CGD provides rigorous research and innovative policy approaches that enable migrants, refugees, and hosts communities to prosper.
Forced displacement is at historic levels as a result of global conflict and crises. Meanwhile economic migration—a known driver of development—has been demonized as part of the backlash against globalization. As nations work toward the Global Compacts on Migration and on Refugees, governments and international agencies are struggling to respond to the scale of need and the polarization of attitudes.
First and foremost, the impact of migration is a policy choice: With the right policies, migrants and refugees can fuel economic growth in both the countries they live in and leave behind. CGD brings rigorous research and evidence to these contentious political issues and designs policy approaches that enable migrants, refugees, and their hosts to prosper.
Our previous research, Are Refugees Located Near Job Opportunities? reveals that there are as many as 2.1 million working-age refugees in major urban areas in developing countries. However, in most developing countries, refugees lack the right to work and own a business, and face a variety of other barriers to employment such as limited freedom of movement. CGD’s Michael Clemens, Cindy Huang, and Jimmy Graham have produced a new working paper and policy brief—The economic and fiscal effects of granting refugees formal labor market access—that finds granting refugees formal labor market access has the potential to create substantial benefits for refugees and their hosts. These include greater productivity, increased tax revenues and incomes for hosts, and greater economic security and stability for refugees. Join us for a discussion of the central findings of the paper and recommended policies that can facilitate these benefits and mitigate potential costs.