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7
Sep

Invest in Refugee Employment, as Well as Aid

Authors: Emily Arnold-Fernandez, Executive Director, Asylum Access; Lavinia Limon, President & CEO, US Committee for Refugees & Immigrants

On Labor Day, Americans celebrate the power of the individual worker in a society that believes everyone should be able to achieve prosperity through hard work and personal ability. That’s our national ethos: The American Dream. This ethos should also form the foundation of the federal government’s overseas refugee assistance.

Refugees spend an average of 17 years in exile. The majority of refugees live in Africa, Asia and Latin America and—whether in camps or urban areas—would prefer to work and support their families, but are denied access to lawful employment in violation of international law.

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