Where refugees have the right to work, they become assets – and we have the research to prove it

Data and Research shows that refugees with access to the labor market in host communities become assets. We illustrate important lessons from Colombia and Uganda in the latest JDC newsletter and Quarterly Digest on Forced Displacement.

To get a clearer picture of internal displacement, we need better data, and more of it

Today, internally displaced persons (IDPs) account for an estimated sixty percent of forcibly displaced persons globally. Coinciding with escalating levels of displacement is a commensurate effort to provide information about the people affected by it.

If we invest in statistics, our dividend will be protection

Some 74% of forcibly displaced people are located in low- and middle-income countries, where investments in development programs and sound policy decisions are a foundation of a sustainable future.

People fleeing conflict don’t want aid – they want work

The emergence of new conflicts, together with the increasing duration of existing displacement crises, implies that forced displacement is set to increase. When it does, the need for employment opportunities for forcibly displaced people will do so proportionally.

Our Vision

Improved protection and wellbeing of forcibly displaced persons and those affected by forced displacement is achieved through coherent implementation of evidence-informed humanitarian and development action and inclusive policies.

Our Mission

 To enhance the ability of stakeholders to make timely and evidence-informed decisions that can improve the lives of affected people. 

Our Focus

 Improving and supporting the collection, analysis, dissemination, and use of primary socioeconomic microdata and population data that inform policymaking and programming. 


See what’s happening at the Joint Data Center today.


The conflict in Ukraine has renewed attention on the impact on refugees and those internally displaced.

JDC Publications

Read the latest reports and briefs from the JDC.




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