‘Refugees Work’ quoted in Open Democracy

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First, they should make greater efforts to achieve CRRF’s Goal 2, “Building refugees’ self-reliance.” The Open Political Economy Network, in collaboration with the Tent Foundation, has laid out a number of ways to accomplish this in a new report, Refugees Work. They call for creating efficient, fair asylum systems to process applications, allowing asylum seekers with substantial claims to work immediately, and investing in language and skills training. Key to establishing these …

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How to help refugees get into work fast

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What kind of support do refugees really need to get jobs? Philippe Legrain outlines his new 22-country study for the Tent Foundation and OPEN on what works best to help refugees find employment quickly, thus bringing dividends to local economies. Read the full piece for Refugees Deeply here Photo: AFP PHOTO/STEFFI LOOS

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Far From Being a Burden, Research Suggests Refugees Come With Benefits

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An Open Political Economy Network study released last May determined that an investment in “welcoming refugees” will nearly double in economic benefits within five years. Refugees often take “4D” jobs — dirty, difficult, dangerous or dull — that many don’t want. They start new businesses that create new jobs. The experience of being uprooted from one culture and exposed to another often sparks creativity and entrepreneurship among refugees. And they tend …

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Quoted on the trade implications of Brexit in Quartz

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OPEN founding partner Hosuk Lee-Makiyama was quoted by Quartz in an article on the trade implications of Brexit on 5 July. Now that Britain has voted to leave the European Union, it faces the daunting task of renegotiating a long list of trade deals as a newly independent entity: all the deals the EU already has with other countries, the ones the EU is currently negotiating, and a deal with …

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Quoted in EU Observer

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OPEN founder Philippe Legrain was quoted extensively about the economic contribution of refugees in Lisbeth Kirk’s article for EUObserver on how to integrate refugees into the economy. Philippe Legrain, a former economics adviser to the European Commission, said there were quite a few businesses being proactive and recruiting refugees, but overall they needed to do more. He has led one of the first comprehensive, international studies on how refugees can contribute …

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