When implementing refugee work rights programs, assessing the needs and interests of refugees are of primary importance. The effectiveness of any program depends on the degree to which it utilizes the existing skills and resources of the refugee community and addresses their most urgent needs. Thus, when thinking about which refugee work rights program may be most effective consider the following:

  • What do refugees need in your particular country of operation? e.g. mental health care, language assistance, legalization of status, access to work permits, vocational training, empowerment, representation, freedom of movement.
  • To what extent are refugee communities currently able to identify, understand and use their rights?
  • How can you make their rights understandable and accessible to them?
  • How easy is it to identify and train refugee leaders?
  • What will empower refugees to self-advocate and expand the reach of the program?