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Economic Empowerment of Urban Refugee Youth: Guiding Principles


In many countries in the Global South, rapid urbanization is giving rise to normalized daily violence and low-level armed conflict in densely populated slums. A sizeable minority of the people coping with these conditions are refugees aged 15-25. The urban context presents unique barriers to the economic success of displaced young women and men, but also some significant advantages.

The Women’s Refugee Commission has developed these guiding principles for building an enabling environment for urban refugee youth livelihoods, based on research in Cairo, Nairobi and Panama City.

Youth Economic Empowerment and Self-Reliance Reports