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Developing a mixed-methods framework to measure the impacts and costs of forced displacement

A man from Khyber Agency registers his family with UNHCR staff at Jalozai camp, Pakistan © UNHCR / T Irwin
A man from Khyber Agency registers his family with UNHCR staff at Jalozai camp, Pakistan

Despite recognition of the importance of recording and evaluating the multifaceted impacts of forced displacement on human and social capital, economic growth, poverty reduction efforts, and environmental sustainability and societal fragility, there are relatively few empirical studies which draw on and analyse reliable data.

Alongside a state-of-the-art literature review, this project has developed a comprehensive mixed-methods framework to measure the impacts and costs of forced displacement and to identify and evaluate means to minimise negative impacts and maximise positive opportunities – published as Guidelines for Assessing the Impacts and Costs of Forced Displacement.

In spring 2013, pilot testing of part of the Guidelines was conducted in Jordan to assess the fiscal impacts of Syrian refugees. The second phase of the project focused on further testing and refinement of the methodology.

Our team

  • Roger Zetter
    Roger Zetter

    Emeritus Professor and former Director of the Refugee Studies Centre, 2006–2011