Interventions to improve the economic self-sufficiency and well-being of resettled refugees: a systematic review

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Abstract

Objectives
This systematic review sought to identify and evaluate all available high-quality evidence as to whether interventions affect the economic self-sufficiency and well-being of resettled refugees.

Methods
We searched 18 electronic databases, examined relevant websites, and contacted researchers in an attempt to identify any relevant published or unpublished reports. No language restrictions were applied, and the search was completed in Sept 2013. Inclusion criteria were: (a) prospective, controlled methodology; (b) participants who were resettled refugees aged 18-64 at the time of the intervention; (c) intervention designed to increase the economic self-sufficiency and well-being of resettled refugees; and, (d) included at least one of the following outcomes: labour force participation rate; employment rate; use of cash assistance; income; job retention; or quality of life.

Results
A total of 9,260 records were inspected, and 26 records summarising 23 unique studies were screened. No studies met the review’s inclusion criteria.

Conclusions
The available evidence was insufficient to determine if programmes affect the economic self-sufficiency and well-being of resettled refugees as no studies met the review’s inclusion criteria. More research with rigorous designs, such as prospective, controlled studies, is needed to determine which interventions affect the economic self-sufficiency and well-being of resettled refugees.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-53
Number of pages53
JournalCampbell Systematic Reviews
Volume11
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2015