Refugees as economic agents in protection systems

Refugee economies, self-sustainability and self-protection

These volumes have a “common focus on refugee economies, self-sustainability and self-protection, straddling two dominant issues in contemporary refugee policy: refugee agency and the calculus of whether refugees are burdens or benefits.” The review essay, “Refugees as Economic Agents in Protection Systems” published by the International Migration Review (IMR) critically examines these volumes, reflecting on their methodology, the use of buzzwords, and the politics of conceptual innovation.

Read the full review essay here. This is the first book review essay published by the IMR.

Ingunn Bjørkhaug is a Researcher at the Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research in Norway. Kristin Bergtora Sandvik is a Research Professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo and a Professor at the University of Oslo.