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Does World Refugee Day make a difference?

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“This not about sharing a burden. It is about sharing a global responsibility, based not only the broad idea of our common humanity but also on the very specific obligations of international law. The root problems are war and hatred, not people who flee; refugees are among the first victims of terrorism.” — UN Secretary-General, António Guterres Tuesday, June 20th, was World Refugee Day, the 17th of its kind. It …

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EU aid to refugees abroad isn’t a substitute for offering humanitarian protection

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Our Refugees Work study highlighted how refugees in advanced economies often become entrepreneurs. Think of Google co-founder Sergey Brin, hedge-fund manager and philanthropist George Soros and Asian business magnate Li Ka-Shing. But what of those who remain trapped in refugee camps in developing countries? While they have far fewer opportunities, some manage to overcome huge obstacles to start successful businesses and social enterprises. In a new blog post for OPEN, Jackie Edwards highlights how refugee …

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Africa’s refugee-camp entrepreneurs

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By Jackie Edwards Karrus Hayes started small. With a $50 loan and some free space donated by a church, he created a school for refugee children in Budubaram camp in Ghana. But Hayes, himself a refugee from Liberia, didn’t stop there. He has built a much bigger non-profit organisation called Vision Awake Africa For Development that offers community college and micro-finance services to other refugee social entrepreneurs – and builds …

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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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Why the French elections matter, plus skilled immigration

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Hi French people vote tomorrow in the first round of presidential elections that could do grave harm to Europe’s open societies – or strengthen them. With polls too close to call, four candidates stand a chance of making it into the run-off on May 7th. The far-left candidate, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, is ostensibly open towards refugees. But despite his internationalist talk, he is essentially a nationalist, argues Natalie Nougayrède in the Guardian. He is a …

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Refugees Work quoted in the Hindu

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Refugees are a major source of (low-cost) employment and other commercial opportunities. In May last year, the Tent Foundation and Open Political Economy Network brought out what they called the first comprehensive, international study of how refugees can contribute to advanced economies. In the report, Refugees Work: A Humanitarian Investment That Yields Economic Dividends, the organisation used data from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to ascertain the economic impact of asylum …

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Euractiv on OPEN’s study: Les réfugiés, futur moteur économique des pays riches de l’UE

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Georgi Gotev wrote about OPEN/Tent’s refugee economics study for Euractiv on 19 May. « Les réfugiés sont souvent perçus comme un fardeau que l’on se partage ou que l’on esquive, alors qu’en réalité ils représentent une véritable opportunité qu’il faudrait accueillir », explique Philippe Legrain, fondateur d’OPEN et chercheur émérite à l’institut européen de la London School of Economics. « Avec des investissements de départ adaptés, les réfugiés qui travaillent, quelles que soient leurs …

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