The Wealth of Refugees: How Displaced People Can Build Economies

The Wealth of Refugees: How Displaced People Can Build Economies

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We live in an age of displacement. Refugee numbers are increasing due to a proliferation of fragile states, and this problem will be exacerbated by climate change and the impact of coronavirus. And yet, rising populist nationalism has undermined the political willingness of rich countries to accept migrants and asylum seekers. Given these contradictory trends, how can we create sustainable refugee policies that can enable displaced people to live in safety and dignity, while operating at scale?

The Wealth of Refugees draws upon a decade of original qualitative and quantitative research to offer practical solutions.

Focusing on refugees in camps and cities in Africa, it identifies approaches that can be effective in improving the welfare of refugees, increasing social cohesion between refugees and host communities, and reducing the need for onward migration. The book argues that the key lies in unlocking the potential contributions of refugees themselves. They bring skills, talents, and aspirations and can be a benefit rather than a burden to receiving societies. Realizing this potential relies upon moving beyond a purely humanitarian focus to fully include refugees in host country economies, build economic opportunities in refugee-hosting regions, and navigate the ambiguous politics of refugee protection.


Author: Alexander Betts
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Published: 06/01/2021
Pages: 432
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.54lbs
Size: 9.29h x 6.14w x 1.57d
ISBN: 9780198870685

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 05/15/2021

About the Author

Alexander Betts is Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs, and William Golding Senior Fellow in Politics at Brasenose College, at the University of Oxford.