Access to the labour market plays an essential role in allowing displaced populations to sustain their livelihoods and integrate into their host communities. Long-term displacement situations and a decline in resettlement have spurred the quest for local integration (UNHCR, 2019). The majority of displaced populations are hosted by neighbouring low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), where the Covid-19 pandemic places additional strain on scarce resources.
However, evidence shows that displaced people face specific challenges in integrating into the labour market of host countries. In many countries they do not have the unrestricted right to work, move freely or access financial services (Zetter and Ruaudel, 2016). Additionally, they are more likely to lack the assets, skills, language, social networks and information required in the host labour market (Schuettler and Caron, 2020).more →
Covid-19Fragility and conflict