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

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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: May 29, 2008

Abstract

Despite the large and growing number of humanitarian emergencies, there is very little economic research on the impact of refugees and internally displaced people on the communities that receive them. This paper analyzes the impact of the refugee inflows from Burundi and Rwanda in 1993 and 1994 on host populations in western Tanzania. The analysis shows large increases in the prices of non-aid food items, and decreases in the prices of some aid-related food items. Examination of household assets suggest positive wealth effects of refugee camps on nearby rural areas, and negative ones for urban households.

Keywords: refugees, migration, impact analysis, welfare effects, host populations

JEL Classification: O12, O15, R23, R12

Suggested Citation

Alix-Garcia, Jennifer and Saah, David, The Effect of Refugee Inflows on Host Communities: Evidence from Tanzania (May 29, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=836147 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.836147

Jennifer Alix-Garcia (Contact Author)

University of San Francisco - College of Arts & Sciences ( email )

San Francisco, CA 94117
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.usfca.edu/artsci/fac_staff/A/alix-garcia_jennifer.html

David Saah

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

2130 Fulton St,
Harney Science Center RM544,
San Francisco, CA 94117
United States

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