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Refugees’ rights to work and be treated fairly are protected by international law. Protecting refugee work rights allows refugees to support themselves and contribute meaningfully to host communities.

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149 countries have committed
to honoring Refugee Work Rights as parties to the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol, but the reality is that many of the world’s refugees lack access to safe and lawful employment.

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For more information on the status of refugee work rights in each country, see our full global and regional work rights reports.

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