Integrating refugees into host country labor markets: Challenges and policy options.

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Helping new arrivals find jobs commensurate with their skills and experience—and with the potential for upward progression—can have positive effects on other indicators of integration, such as personal well-being and social cohesion. The case for up-front investments in labor market integration policies is especially compelling in countries facing demographic decline and skills shortages. This report provides an overview of the barriers to the successful labor market integration of refugees and asylum seekers across all skills levels, and analyzes the targeted support initiatives and structural policy levers available to overcome them. Among the policies that can support such integration: early skills assessment and training, recognition of foreign academic and professional credentials, and employer engagement. The report encourages policymakers to start integration initiatives early, thoroughly evaluate integration programs, and clearly communicate integration prospects and expected returns on investments.

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Desiderio, M. V. (2016). Integrating refugees into host country labor markets: Challenges and policy options. Washington DC: Migration Policy Institute.

About This Study:

Outcome(s): Employment attainment
Intervention Duration: Not specified
Relevant ORR Program: Child Care Microenterprise Development, Home-based Child Care, Microenterprise Development, Preferred Communities, Refugee Career Pathways
Study Type: Suggestive evidence
Full Text Availability: Free
Direction of Evidence: Inconclusive or mixed impact
Strength of Evidence: Suggestive
Gender(s) of Participants: Other
Age(s) of Participants: Adults

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