The COVID pandemic has disproportionally affected refugees and has exacerbated their difficulties in accessing social protection. The vast majority of the world’s refugees are hosted in low- and middle-income countries, where health systems are unable to fully cope with
COVID-19 and refugees often live in overcrowded settlements with limited access to basic services and are at high risk of contracting the virus. Access to social protection for refugees during and following the COVID-19 pandemic should be addressed within a system-wide
approach, and measures of support should be integrated with elements that guarantee self-reliance, like access to the labour market and to education.