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A Right to Work, A Right to Survive: Building a Movement to Promote Refugee Work Rights

October 2, 2014 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Please join us as Asylum Access shares its findings from the recently released report, “Global Refugee Work Rights: Taking the Movement from Theory to Practice,” in a reception co-hosted by the Better World Campaign and in collaboration with the American Bar Association – International Refugee Law Section.

When: Thursday, October 2nd, 5:00 – 7:00pm
Where: United Nations Foundation, 12th floor
[1750 Pennsylvania Ave NW #300, Washington, DC 20006]

The startling and disturbing fact is that two-thirds of the world’s refugee population lives in an intractable state of limbo, currently spending an average of 20 years in exile. Traditionally, host governments have responded to refugee influxes and long-term displacement through encampment policies and/or the restriction of human rights, taking the view that if human rights are acknowledged and if refugees are permitted to work legally, they will disrupt labor markets and social systems.

This assumption is not supported by the facts, and the result of restricting work rights in policy and practice has meant that the skills, capacities and potential economic contributions of refugees have been greatly overlooked.

Asylum Access and the Refugee Work Rights Coalition recently released the report, “Global Refugee Work Rights Report: Taking the Movement from Theory to Practice” which debunks popular misconceptions surrounding work rights, offering compelling legal and economic arguments to extend refugees the right to access formal labor markets.

Please join Asylum Access on Thursday, Oct. 2 as they share their findings of this report and offer practical suggestions to advocates for advancing the refugee work rights globally. The event will include a report briefing, followed by a reception with drinks, light food and vibrant conversation.


October 2, 2014
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Asylum Access


United Nations Foundation, 12th floor
1750 Pennsylvania Ave NW #300
Washington, DC United States
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