Refugees Work: A Humanitarian Investment That Yields Economic Dividends
The Shirazi Foundation attended an event hosted by the Center for Global Development, Center for Global Development titled Refugees Work: A Humanitarian Investment That Yields Economic Dividends. An expert highlighted the many contributions that refugees bring to the global economy for example a refugee from an eastern part of Europe was said to be the creator of the mobile message App, WhatsApp that uses the internet to send messages, images, audio and video.
Experts drew a link between now and the past refugees who fled from Asia and how they now have socio-economic advantages and contribute to the growth of the U.S. economy. The expert shared information that the U.S. and Europe highest forms of employment as of date is providing care for the elderly. The Shirazi Foundation would suggest to the expert to consider quite a few obstacles that would prevent refugees to enter the workforce in that field due to labor laws in Europe and background checks in the U.S. that qualifies an individual for work with the elderly. Experts also recommended to policymakers and practitioners to stop considering refugees as a “burden” to be shared, but rather as an opportunity to be welcomed, while suggesting that if suitable upfront investment and wise policies are in place , welcoming refugees can yield substantial economic dividends. The Shirazi Foundation expert on the migration crisis shared ideas with the several experts on better ways to help refugees return to their field of expertise.