Financial Biographies of Refugees in Tunisia

By: Kim Wilson et al. 

This collection of profiles from Tunisia explores stories that highlight refugee and migrant journeys and their efforts to adapt to new surroundings. The profiles, dubbed Financial Biographies, included in this publication depict the grit and resourcefulness required by refugees and migrants to survive and in some cases thrive as they move and settle.

We found there were two kinds of respondents in Tunisia: students who had come from sub-Saharan Africa to study at the university level and migrants who also came from countries like Côte d’Ivoire to work as casual laborers. The migrant stories showed how, in the hands of malign employers, informal labor could tragically turn into forced labor. 

The biographies in this publication are intended to preserve the entire financial story of selected respondents and are meant to supplement our other publications, taking the reader into the depths of individual migrant experiences.


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