Interventions to improve the economic self-sufficiency and well-being of resettled refugees

Added August 3, 2017

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The review could not assert any conclusions regarding the efficacy of programmes designed to improve the economic self-sufficiency and well-being of resettled refugees. No studies met the review’s inclusion criteria, highlighting a lack of available evidence.

As of 2012, twenty-six countries offered programmes to improve economic self-sufficiency and well-being for resettled refugees. These programmes may include employment training, education, and mental health services. The authors of this review aimed to evaluate the efficacy of these interventions in improving economic self-sufficiency and well-being of refugee populations. Identified primary outcomes included participants’ labour force participation rate, employment rate, use of cash assistance, income, job retention, and quality of life. Inclusion criteria included prospective controlled methodology and appropriate population sample. Eighteen databases were searched to yield 8,264 records, in addition to 996 records derived from other sources. Twenty-seven studies were reviewed in full-text by the review authors. However, none of the search results met the predefined review criteria. As such, this systematic review highlights the current gap in evidence regarding the efficacy of such programmes.