Synthesis Note

Kirsten Schuettler

Thematic Working Groups
Forced Migration and Development

This note summarizes the results of the Methodological Workshop on Measuring Impacts of Refugees and IDPs on Host Countries and Host Communities held in Washington, DC, November 20–21, 2015. The workshop was organized by the Thematic Working Group on Forced Migration of the World Bank’s Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD), Oxford University’s Refugee Studies Centre, the Solutions Alliance, and UNHCR.

The workshop’s objective was to bring together a diverse group of leading researchers to start a conversation on identifying a set of methods to assess impacts and increase the rigor of the assessments being conducted. A focus was on quantitative methods and on socioeconomic impacts of refugees in protracted situations on host communities. More specifically, in eight sessions the following aspects were discussed:

1. Key questions from a development policy perspective

2. Data collection methods (surveys, qualitative methods, and secondary data)

3. Data analysis methods for different areas of impact (labor markets, prices, welfare, infrastructure, health, and education)

4. Differences and similarities between forced displacement and migration

5. Comprehensive assessments of impacts

6. Recommendations and next steps