Cash assistance is a major component of the humanitarian response to refugee and migration crises around the globe, but we have limited evidence on its impact on resilience and migration, especially in the current context of mobility restrictions due to a public health crisis. In partnership with Mercy Corps, the Immigration Policy Lab is using a novel technology-assisted, partially automated WhatsApp survey methodology to evaluate an ongoing cash assistance program for Venezuelan migrants in Colombia. Researchers will evaluate the impact of cash on household resilience and return migration in the face of a global pandemic. The regression discontinuity design is based on a vulnerability score which distinguishes households that will and will not receive monthly cash assistance and we will conduct follow up surveys at three, six, and nine month intervals.
Funding for this project was provided by the UK Department for International Development, awarded through IPA's Peace & Recovery Program.