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The Social and Economic Benefits of Refuee Arrivals

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2:00 pm
The World Bank / UNHCR / FCDO


By mid-2021, an estimated 84 million people worldwide were forcibly displaced, including over 20 million refugees displaced acrosss borders. Today, families and communities are being uprooted everyhwere - from Yemen, to Sudan, to Venezuela, and now most recently, in Ukraine.

The World Bank, together with UNHCR and FCDO, is working to build evidence on how policy measures and development investments can help reduce inequalities, alleviate social tensions, and promote social cohesion between and within displaced populations and host communities.

Join us for the launch of three papers in a series of events on Forced Displacement and Social Cohesion. The papers emphasize how the arrival of refugees often bring social and economic benefits to hosting communities.


  • Louise Cord (Global Director, Social Sustainability and Inclusion, World Bank)
  • Dr. Robert Limlim (Uganda Project Director for the Development Response to Displacement Impacts Project)
  • Yang-Yang Zhou (Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia)
  • Vito Peragine (Professor of Economics, University of Bari)
  • Gianmarco Léon-Ciliotta (Associate Professor, Universitat Pompeu Fabra)