The Effect of Refugee Inflows on Host Communities: Evidence from Tanzania

Posted: 22 Feb 2010

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Jennifer Alix‐Garcia

University of San Francisco - College of Arts & Sciences

David Saah

University of San Francisco - Department of Environmental Science

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Date Written: 2010

Abstract

Despite the large and growing number of humanitarian emergencies, there is little economic research on the impact of refugees and internally displaced people on the communities that receive them. This analysis of the impact of the refugee inflows from Burundi and Rwanda in 1993 and 1994 on host populations in western Tanzania shows large increases in the prices of nonaid food items and more modest price effects for aid-related food items. Food aid is shown to mitigate these effects, though its impact is smaller than that of the increases in the refugee population. Examination of household assets suggests positive wealth effects of refugee camps on nearby rural households and negative wealth effects on households in urban areas.

Keywords: O12, O13, F22, R23, R12

Suggested Citation

Alix-Garcia, Jennifer and Saah, David, The Effect of Refugee Inflows on Host Communities: Evidence from Tanzania (2010). The World Bank Economic Review, Vol. 24, No. 1, pp. 148-170, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1556149 or http://dx.doi.org/lhp014

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San Francisco, CA 94117
United States

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David Saah

University of San Francisco - Department of Environmental Science ( email )

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Harney Science Center RM544,
San Francisco, CA 94117
United States

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