The present study focuses on the contribution of refugees to the growth of Cameroon’s
economy. Its focus spanned from 1982 when the UNHCR country office was officially
established to 2017 with the collapse of Boko Haram’s pressure on Cameroon. It
assesses the benefits and liabilities of refugees to Cameroon’s economy within the time
frame. This is experimented through the size of the refugee population, capital
transfer, employment opportunities, commerce, and the agriculture industry. These
themes were arrived at with the help of primary, secondary, and tertiary data; and
construed with mixed methodologies. The work reveals that on a comparative score,
refugees are largely a blessing than a curse to the economy of Cameroon. In spite of
their constructive role, they also constitute, to a negligible extent, liabilities to the
development of Cameroon. The paper therefore argue that refugees should seize to be
seen as burdens, but rather as powerful economic actors if properly exploited by
recipient countries. Although they may constitute major security and social problems
like theft, robbery, population explosion and health challenges, they are manageable.
Besides, even without refugees, no country is devoid of security and social challenges.
Keywords: Refugees, Benediction, Curse, Cameroon, Economy