Downward Spiral: the economic impact of Covid-19 on refugees and displaced people

This report is based on a survey of 1,400 people affected by conflict and displacement in eight countries, and more detailed surveys and needs assessment in a total of 14 countries. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) research found that these communities have suffered widespread loss of income since the pandemic started. In NRC’s survey, 77 per cent responded that that they had lost a job or income from work, temporarily or permanently since March. The pandemic has also impacted other sources of income. Sixty-two per cent of respondents who had previously received remittances from family members abroad said they were receiving less than before the pandemic. As a result of these drops in income, 30 per cent said that they had to borrow more money now than before the pandemic.