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Economic Inclusion of the Poorest Refugees

By: de Montesquiou A., Hashemi S., Heisey J., Ayoubi Z.



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Economic Inclusion of the Poorest Refugees Brief 

Building Resilience through the Graduation Approach

Three-fourths of the world’s refugees live in protracted situations of five or more years, making most refugees less suited for emergency relief than for longer-term interventions.

Conventional humanitarian responses focus on providing those fleeing conflict or disaster with food, shelter, and legal, psychosocial or other support, which address their immediate needs. This support is critical in the early days of a crisis but insufficient for long-term displacement, which requires a response that draws on good development practice, builds the self-reliance of refugee households, and improves their economic outcomes. Increasingly,policymakers and donors seek innovative ideas to engage refugees and other displaced populations in economic opportunities. At the same time, governments, the private sector, and key development and refugee actors are utilizing the Graduation Approach to sustainably improve the lives of people displaced from their homes.

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Refugees deserve sustainable livelihoods. That is why I’m speaking out for their right to access land and financial services.

Ban Ki Moon, United Nations Secretary General, September 2016