JDC Literature Review

The JDC literature review highlights recent publications, academic scholarship, and thought leadership on issues relating to forced displacement. Our intention is to stimulate discussion, encourage the exchange of ideas, and support a ‘Community of Practice’.

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Economic Impact of Giving Land to Refugees

The authors examine the impact of refugee’s access to cultivable land on refugee welfare in Uganda, through a comprehensive survey of refugees in Rwamwanja settlement and local households and businesses living within 15 kilometers of the settlement. Land allocation...

Integrating Refugee Doctors into Host Health-care Systems

This article identifies a number of obstacles faced by refugee doctors wishing to practice medicine in host countries, despite the significant contribution they can make in areas with doctor shortages and/or large immigrant or refugee populations. The authors describe...

From Refugee to Employee: Work Integration in Rural Denmark

This article describes Red Cross Denmark’s Fast Track program, which aims to facilitate early access to the local labor market for refugees while they are still in the asylum phase. It allows participants to remain in the municipality where they claim asylum rather...

Supporting Recently Resettled Refugees in the UK

The author offers several lessons learned from supporting refugees in their search for employment in the UK, including the importance of: Continuous support to navigate a new system, e.g. through regular group/individual discussions to share frustrations, strategies...

The Gig Economy in Complex Refugee Situations

This article explores the challenges and opportunities presented by the gig economy for Syrian refugees in Jordan. Research with Syrian female refugees in Jordan suggests that, despite significant challenges, the gig economy (where workers and purchasers of their...

Refugee Livelihoods: New Actors, New Models

This article explores the potential contributions of governments, development actors, the private sector, and humanitarian actors to support refugee livelihoods. The authors begin by making the case for the early economic inclusion of refugees in order not to prevent...

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