Accession Number : ADA610983


Title :   Unwanted Guests: The Impact of Iraqi Refugees on Jordan's Economy


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS


Personal Author(s) : Glonek, Joshua G


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a610983.pdf


Report Date : 13 Jun 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 102


Abstract : As a byproduct of the war in Iraq, half a million displaced Iraqis migrated to neighboring Jordan. What impact did these refugees have on Jordan's economy? A dominant narrative shared by the international community generally assumes that refugees impose great costs on hosting nations. Despite an abundance of anecdotal claims that the Iraqi refugees were a massive burden on Jordan's economy, there is a lack of empirical evidence to support this assertion. Using a quasi-experimental research design that exploits the variation in refugee presence across Jordan, I find that although the Iraqi refugees had a small negative impact across a number of economic measures, the commonly held criticisms are far overstated. Furthermore, I argue that some of the policies Jordan implemented to mitigate the effect of the refugees were counterproductive, eliminating some potentially positive impacts. The results of this study add to a growing body of evidence that shows how local integration refugee policies can be of benefit to both the refugees and the hosting nations.


Descriptors :   *ECONOMICS , *IRAQ , *JORDAN , *REFUGEES , CONFLICT , DEMOGRAPHY , GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , POLICIES , SECURITY , UNEMPLOYMENT


Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE