2022 Global Refugee Work Rights Report
Refugees’ right to work has been repeatedly recognized in international agreements — from the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees to the 2018 Global Compact on Refugees — and research continues to demonstrate the benefits of this right for refugees and their host countries alike. Yet most refugees today face significant legal and practical barriers to full economic inclusion in the labour markets of their host countries.
Combining legal documents, country-level reports, news articles, and input from more than 200 practitioners with knowledge of refugees’ livelihoods and use of services, the Center for Global Development, Refugees International, and Asylum Access have evaluated the de jure and de facto situation within a standardized framework. They believe that the findings and accompanying dataset will be critical tools for policymakers, practitioners, and researchers on refugees’ work rights.