Protection through Mobility: Opening Labor and Study Migration Channels to Refugees

By Katy Long and Sarah Rosengaertner, Migration Policy Institute
October 31, 2016

Legal labor migration and study visas, in parallel with resettlement and asylum channels, would positively connect the security needs of both refugees and host countries and make the task of integrating new arrivals easier. Refugees could meet labor needs or fill university places which have support systems in place. The specific needs of refugees as well as program flexibility to address temporary or long-term needs must be carefully considered. But making even small changes to existing programs to be more accessible to refugees could be politically feasible.

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Security Topics: Africa Security Trends