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

Additional Info

  • Authors: Eleanor Ott, Paul Montgomery
  • Published date: 2015-01-02
  • Coordinating group(s): Social Welfare
  • Type of document: Title, Protocol, Review, Plain language summary
  • Volume: 11
  • Issue nr: 4
  • Category Image: Category Image
  • PLS Title: There is no rigorous evidence on how to improve outcomes for resettled refugees
  • PLS Description: This Campbell systematic review examines the effects of programmes on the economic self-sufficiency and well-being of resettled refugees. The review identified 23 relevant studies but none of these could be included in the analysis due weaknesses in study design.
  • Title: Interventions to improve the economic self-sufficiency and well-being of resettled refugees
  • Spanish PLS: No hay evidencia rigurosa sobre cómo mejorar el bienestar para los refugiados
  • Spanish PLS Description: Más de 59,5 millones de personas se han visto forzadas a salir de sus hogares a nivel mundial, de las cuales 19,5 millones están clasificadas como refugiados. Los programas de reasentamiento de refugiados se ofrecen a aquellas personas que tienen necesidades especiales o quienes deben ser trasladadas a países distintos de aquéllos en los que inicialmente buscaron protección: 28 países actualmente ofrecen programas registrados por la Oficina del Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Refugiados (ACNUR), entre ellos se encuentran Estados Unidos, Canadá y Australia. Estados Unidos por sí solo invierte USD 1.000 millones en programas de reasentamiento cada año. Uno de los objetivos de los programas de reasentamiento es facilitar la integración económica de los refugiados. Los programas de apoyo incluyen capacitación, educación y servicios de salud mental. Sin embargo, los refugiados reasentados a menudo suelen experimentar altos niveles de desempleo y pobreza. Esta revisión evalúa los efectos de los programas para mejorar la autosuficiencia y el bienestar de los refugiados reasentados. Los resultados son empleo, asistencia en dinero en efectivo, niveles de ingresos, capacidad de mantener un empleo y calidad de vida.
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About this systematic review

This Campbell systematic review examines the effects of programmes on the economic self-sufficiency and well-being of resettled refugees. The review identified 23 relevant studies but none of these could be included in the analysis due weaknesses in study design.

What are the main results?

No studies met the inclusion criteria of this review. Twenty-three studies were identified which were not included in the review because their design meant that the effects measured could not be clearly attributed to the programmes.

Objectives

This systematic review sought to identify and evaluate all available high-quality evidence as to whether interventions affect the economic self-sufficiency and well-being of resettled refugees.

Methods

We searched 18 electronic databases, examined relevant websites, and contacted researchers in an attempt to identify any relevant published or unpublished reports. No language restrictions were applied, and the search was completed in Sept 2013. Inclusion criteria were: (a) prospective, controlled methodology; (b) participants who were resettled refugees aged 18-64 at the time of the intervention; (c) intervention designed to increase the economic self-sufficiency and well-being of resettled refugees; and, (d) included at least one of the following outcomes: labour force participation rate; employment rate; use of cash assistance; income; job retention; or quality of life.

Results

A total of 9,260 records were inspected, and 26 records summarising 23 unique studies were screened. No studies met the review’s inclusion criteria.

Conclusions

The available evidence was insufficient to determine if programmes affect the economic self-sufficiency and well-being of resettled refugees as no studies met the review’s inclusion criteria. More research with rigorous designs, such as prospective, controlled studies, is needed to determine which interventions affect the economic self-sufficiency and well-being of resettled refugees.

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