Labour Market Impacts of Forced Migration

Labour markets have important implications for long-term development after an episode of forced migration in low-income countries. Adequate work opportunities provide individuals with income, self-worth and reduce social isolation. The ability to work is one of the main assets of the poor in low-income countries. As such, labour market impacts should be one of the main considerations of international organizations and national governments when dealing with a forced migration crisis and developing policies to respond to such crisis. There has been little analysis of the implications of forced migration on labour markets. This lack of analysis affects humanitarian and developmental policy and programme design.

The Labour Market Impacts of Forced Migration (LAMFOR) is a COMPAS project at the University of Oxford in partnership with Maastricht University that provides statistical evidence on the economic implications of forced migration situations, putting particular emphasis on labour markets. The initial stage of the project looks at two different case studies in the African Great Lakes Region: Burundi and Tanzania. This stage of the project is funded by the IZA Institute for The Study of Labor and the UK Department for International Development (DFID).