Finance in Displacement: Refugee Integration in Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, and Uganda

April 20-21, 2021


This two-day symposium will explore the financial integration of refugees, drawing on recent research conducted in Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, and Uganda. The symposium will disseminate and discuss findings and potential programming changes based on our research insights about how refugee and migrant households manage their livelihoods and finances, and whether and how they integrate into local economies. Our research explored refugees’ own financial strategies — saving, borrowing, remitting, insuring — and the role of financial services and other factors that helped or hindered their strategies. These findings promise exciting new program possibilities.

Through our findings, we hope to provide recommendations to policy makers, humanitarian and development agencies, and other actors whose work aims to improve the lives of refugees.

The symposium is a collaboration between the research partners: Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (KU), Tufts University, and the International Rescue Committee, and is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Open Society Foundations.

Stay tuned for more information!

Event Teaser

Program

Day 1

8:00-11:00 EDT

FINDings, Practicalities, and their Policy Implications

✓ Comprehensive Overview of the FINDings in Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, and Uganda

✓ Policy Implications of the FINDings

✓ Discussants’ Response and Q&A

Day 2

8:00-10:30 EST

What the FINDings Reveal About our Assumptions

✓ Introduction and Recap of Day 1

✓ Breakout Sessions

✓ Plenary Session and Q&A