An Examination of Remote Work for Refugees

Integration of refugees from humanitarian crisis to development challenge
Lorraine Charles
United Kingdom

The protracted refugee crisis in the Middle East, as well as further afield, has placed host governments under significant pressure to accommodate for the needs of individuals who have sought refuge in their countries. As financial pressures, shrinking economies and rising unemployment plague many refugee- hosting countries, particularly in the Middle East and Africa, the presence of large refugee populations has created an additional burden.

As international attention has become focused on viable options for livelihoods for refugees and other displaced populations, struggling host economies and governments stretched to provide employment for native populations have complicated solutions. There is a growing interest to find innovative and viable solutions for employment, not only for migrant and refugee populations, but also host communities. There is an urgent need for a scalable, sustainable and replicable model for job creation.

Technology has changed the way we communicate, live and learn, and it has also altered the way we work. Companies no longer need only to depend on talent available in their physical location. Employment that is no longer bound by geography, takes into account the opportunities offered by technology, and utilizes online management and payment systems, has created a new way for many individuals to work. The Internet has expanded the opportunities for companies to hire employees remotely, from their homes, working and communicating virtually.

While studies on remote work are not new, there is very little research that examines its viability for refugees. This research aims to fill that gap. It examines whether remote work can be a viable option, not only for refugees, but also for members of the host community. By examining the importance of livelihoods in protracted displacements, it shows that dignified livelihoods provide a semblance of stability and security for vulnerable populations. Through interviews with organizations that facilitate remote work, this research provides an overview of the current status of remote work among refugee populations, examining the specific challenges faced by refugee remote workers, how remote work needs to be tailored to their specific needs, accommodating for their lack of access to traditional financial services, lack of targeted education for employment initiatives and other bureaucratic obstacles they may face in their host countries.

While it is acknowledged that remote work can provide only part of the solution for employment in refugee hosting countries, it provides a practical solution in economies that struggle to create sufficient employment opportunities.


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