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The Labour Market Impacts of Forced Migration (LAMFOR)


This project provided quantitative evidence on the consequences of forced displacement for those who are displaced, their hosts and those who return home after the end of the conflict. The project focused on the case of Tanzania as the host country of refugees and Burundi as the main source country of refugees.

Principal Investigator 

Carlos Vargas-Silva 

Other researchers

Sonja Fransen
Craig Loschmann
Melissa Siegel
Isabel Ruiz


UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA) 


2013 - 2015 


Twenty Years Later the Refugees are Back, link here.

Journal articles
Fransen, S., Ruiz, I. and Vargas-Silva, C. “Return Migration and Economic Outcomes in the Conflict Context” World Development, forthcoming 2017. Download

Ruiz, I. and Vargas-Silva, C. (2016) “The Labor Market Consequences of Hosting Refugees.” Journal of Economic Geography, Vol. 16, No. 3, pp. 667-694. Download

Ruiz, I. and Vargas-Silva, C. (2015) “The Labor Market Impacts of Forced Migration.” American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, Vol. 105, No. 5, pp. 581-586. Download

Working papers
Fransen, S., Siegel, M. and Vargas-Silva, C. (2016) “The Impact of Refugee Experiences on Education: Evidence from Burundi” Download

Policy reports 
“The Consequences of Refugee Return.” link here.

“The Consequences of Hosting Refugees." link here.

“Conflict, Displacement and Education.”  link here.
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