Magazine article Forced Migration Review

A Role for Market Analysis

Magazine article Forced Migration Review

A Role for Market Analysis

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Host governments and communities are often concerned with the impact refugees will have on their economy. One idea for addressing this concern is to guide response - from the moment of refugees' arrival - in a way that capitalises on refugees' economic involvement that is helpful to a host community. In order for a response to be designed in a way that does this, a market analysis detailing both the gaps in the domestic labour market and the skills present in the new refugee community - matching a country's market needs with an available workforce - needs to be conducted. With this information, governments and practitioners could identify housing, work and aid dissemination options with an eye to self-sufficiency.

The skills needed to conduct quick and accurate market analyses are not abundantly present within the current refugee response community. It is therefore important to partner with research institutions that collect data and can offer templates for swift data collection by academics or practitioners. Institutions like the World Bank or various private sector organisations are skilled in quick and sometimes complex market analyses. This kind of expertise could help refugee response practitioners quickly suggest alternatives to encampment which are capable of promoting economic development in the early stages of displacement and also of informing policy advocacy efforts aimed at helping refugees in protracted situations to access markets. …

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