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Euan Ritchie supports the work of the Europe program as a policy analyst. Previously, he worked as an economist in the National Bureau of Statistics in Nigeria (NBS) and, prior to that, as an assistant economist at the Office for National Statistics. Ritchie holds an MSc in Economics from the University of Nottingham and a BA in Music and Philosophy from the University of Sheffield.
We need to stop talking about refugees as if they are burden to be shared. Refugees benefit both economy and the community—and if we invested more and better in giving them a good start, they would be able to make an even bigger contribution. Here we suggest innovative finance mechanisms to pay for that investment without putting pressure on public finances, instead enabling refugees to develop and apply their skills, integrate effectively, and improve their overall contribution.