Democracy that Delivers Podcast #85: Hans-Joachim Hogrefe on Refugees and Economic Growth

From left: podcast guest Hans-Joachim Hogrefe, with guest host Stephen Rosenlund and host Ken Jaques

This week’s guest is Hans-Joachim Hogrefe, director of policy and advocacy at Refugees International, a nonprofit organization that advocates for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people.

Hogrefe was a panelist at CIPE’s LIFE (Livelihood Innovation through Food Entrepreneurship) project launch on September 15. LIFE aims to develop entrepreneurship skills and drive job creation for Syrian refugees in Turkey.

In this podcast, Hogrefe explains that the LIFE project will benefit the Turkish economy by providing refugees with formal jobs and integrating them into Turkish society. Hogrefe believes that this project could also play an invaluable role in other countries with large refugee populations.

A native of Germany, Hogrefe moved to the United States as a fellow with the American Political Science Association. As a fellow, Hogrefe worked closely with the late U.S. Congressman Tom Lantos (D-Calif.), the only Holocaust survivor to have served in Congress and a human rights advocate. Hogrefe credits Lantos for influencing the trajectory of his career as a champion for human rights. Following his fellowship, Hogrefe worked for the Physicians for Human Rights and the U.S. State Department.

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Funding for the LIFE Project in Turkey provided by the United States Government

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