After fleeing war or persecution, the opportunity to work and earn a living is one of the most effective ways for refugees to rebuild their lives with dignity and in peace. Through safe work, people forced to flee can provide for their families’ basic needs, maintain their dignity, and contribute to the society, all of which meet their own personal goals. In such a way, refugees have the chance to enrich their communities with their experience and skills, while preparing for a more rewarding future.

UNHCR helps refugees and asylum-seekers to support themselves and their families by offering them training and assisting them in finding a market for their skills and goods. Work in this area is guided by several core principles, mainly, protection, diversity, equity, access and sustainability. We also work to promote economic inclusion of those forced to flee their homes by advocating for their right to work and building their livelihoods through market-oriented programs.