|The magnitude of global forced displacement has long surpassed old records. The situation is
dire for the tens of millions of refugees stripped of their dignity and ability to live normal
lives. The global society is yet again showing its darkest sides, unable to adequately address
the mass breach of human rights and atrocities against our fellow human beings. Based on
the burning need for new thinking within the current refugee regime, this thesis takes a
daring step outside of the comfort zone of the perceived role of the private sector.
Grounded in the reality lived by most refugees worldwide, this thesis explores how the
private sector can engage in refugee situations in developing host countries. More
specifically, it analyses how local integration can become a sustainable solution for refugees
in developing countries, and how the private sector can help realize that.
It finds that the potential role of the private sector in refugee crisis is much more
comprehensive than portrayed in media, research and public debate. It argues that the private
sector needs to approach refugee situations in developing countries in a holistic matter. Not
just by looking at the market opportunities in relation to the refugee, but also the needs of the
host community and the institutional framework that encompasses refugees. The private
sector must leverage the opportunities and battle the challenge in the host country economy,
and balance the relationship between the refugees and the host population. To meet the
complex and interconnected needs of the refugees and their hosts, the private sector must
partner with a wide array of stakeholders and actors within the refugee system. Ultimately, to
offer a sustainable path to local integration and self-sustenance, the private sector needs to
aim for development of the community and host country. Refugees should nevertheless
sustain as the core of private sector efforts, rooted in their ability to function as economic
actors and integral entities of the private sector that contribute to their host countries.