Review of national policy framework and practice

Review of national policy, legislative and regulatory frameworks, and practice

A baseline study on the right to work and rights at work for refugees and other forcibly displaced persons

The ILO is undertaking the review the national policy, legislative and regulatory frameworks, and implementation in the eight PROSPECTS countries- Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq. We also have a global synthesis report.

The aim is to support the establishment of baseline situations in relevant policy, legislative and regulatory frameworks and current practice in terms of implementation in relation to the access of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons to the labour markets, employment, livelihood and training opportunities, including self-employment and business development.

This exercise provides a clear understanding of the status (or absence) of these frameworks, what actually happens in practice on the ground and the capacities of the government ministries and institutions, social partners and non-government actors to enact implementation.
Scope of review

The scope of work is to identify, examine and analyse policy, legislation and regulations pertaining to the access of refugees to labour markets, employment and self-employment (formal and informal), training, business development and other income-generating activities.

The review focuses objectives of the PROSPECTS programme and is in line with the relevant sections of the ILO’s Guiding Principles on the Access of Refugees and other Forcibly Displaced Persons to the Labour Market. It builds on and links to existing national and international efforts in this field. It examines the readiness and preparedness of relevant institutions to support implementation and review current practice.


As part of this exercise, a global research framework and a set of uniformised tools were developed to ensure comparability across countries. These tools were adapted to take into account local realities and specific information needs at country level.
All country studies employed the following qualitative methods:
  • secondary data review and identification of primary literature sources to answer the research questions and locate information gaps; and
  • semi-structured key informant interviews (KIIs) and focus group discussions (FGDs) to fill identified information gaps and to triangulate findings from the desk review.
As a result, eight country-specific reports and a global report, which is a synthesis of the country-level analysis, were developed.

Links to the publications