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Urban Refugee Economies: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Over 60 per cent of the world’s refugees live in urban environments, but host governments often restrict their right to work, forcing urban refugees into precarious and often informal economy livelihoods. Through a case study of Addis Ababa, where refugees have no legal right to work, this research identifies the economic difficulties faced by urban refugees. Yet it finds that refugee economies are highly integrated into the city’s economy, making significant contributions. The research points to opportunities for humanitarian sector actors to enhance refugee economies today and in the future when Ethiopia implements its pledge to enhance access to employment for refugees.

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  • IIED code: 10850IIED
  • Published: Mar 2018 - IIED
  • Area: Ethiopia
  • Theme: Urban
  • ISBN: 978-1-78431-510-8
  • Language: English

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Brown, A, Mackie, P, Dickenson, K and Gebre-Egziabher, T (2018) Urban refugee economies: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. IIED, London. http://pubs.iied.org/10850IIED
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Urban areas are increasingly the sites of humanitarian crises, from natural disasters to conflict and displacement. Through a programme of research, documenting and learning from experience and development of tools and approaches, IIED is working to build the knowledge and capacity to respond of humanitarian actors working in urban areas, and of urban actors facing humanitarian crises.

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