Nearly 30 million people worldwide are currently asylum-seekers or refugees (UNHCR, 2020). The private sector can be central to assisting refugees and addressing economic drivers of migration. Strategies include (1) supporting new economic opportunities and adaptation to climate change at refugees’ places of origin; (2) enhancing existing income generation activities of refugees and create new jobs in host countries and communities; and (3) provide resources and capacity to boost humanitarian assistance.
This page summarises current practice and understanding about how to help such people become more self-reliant through increased economic opportunity or employment.
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