How do refugees support themselves?

Refugees and displaced persons often face numerous challenges when looking for employment, such as harassment, exploitation, or discrimination, particularly if they do not have access to formal or legal employment. Thus, there is a need for governments to collaborate with municipalities and civil society or humanitarian actors, such as the UNHCR, DRC and local NGOs or agencies to expand opportunities that will support refugees in becoming self-reliant (e.g., to have access to education, employment workshops, cash grants for opening a business, etc.), while also targeting the most vulnerable members of the host communities.

Facilitating refugees’ access to livelihoods and jobs is crucial in building self-reliance and resilience to be able to live a dignified life in displacement.