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ECONREF

The Economic Integration of Refugees in the UK (ECONREF)

Overview

This project provides quantitative evidence on the labour market, wellbeing and education outcomes of refugees in the UK. This evidence will facilitate integration interventions by civil society and government organisations at the local and national level.  

Until recently it was not possible to separate refugees from other migrants in the UK Labour Force Survey. This changed in 2010 with the introduction of a variable that identifies the main reason for migration. Using this information, this project describes the economic outcomes of the UK’s refugee population and explore whether the initial economic disadvantages faced by refugees in the UK persist over time. It investigates the drivers of refugee economic integration, including the role of related policies in determining the outcomes of refugees. 

Based on the research findings and with close collaboration and input from refugee support organisations and policymakers, the project will explore the implications for policies related to refugee integration.

Principal Investigator

Carlos Vargas-Silva

Other researchers

Isabel Ruiz
Zovanga Kone

Funder

Nuffield Foundation

Duration

2017 - 2019

Outputs
 
"The Health of Refugees in the UK" ECONREF Research Note: 1, link here

Article: "Are Refugees' Labour Market Outcomes Different from Those of Other Migrants? Evidence from the United Kingdom in the 2005–2007 Period" (I. Ruiz and C. Vargas-Silva) Population Space and Place, forthcoming 2017. link here

Related outputs
 
Blog: The Economic Outcomes of Refugees and Other Migrants in the UK, link here.

Working paper: "Differences in Labour Market Outcomes between Natives, Refugees and Other Migrants in the UK" (I. Ruiz and C. Vargas-Silva), SSRN Working Paper, 2017. Download
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