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Empty employment offices or empty apartments?: A study of the driving forces behind Swedish municipalities’ willingness to sign contracts with the Swedish central government regarding refugee reception
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of Sweden’s refugee settlement policy is that refugees should be offered an initial place of dwelling in a municipality with available accommodation and a good labour market within commuting distance. Refugees risk long-run unemployment, if initially placed in a municipality with bad labour market opportunities (see Edin et al., 2004 and Åslund et al., 2006). It is therefore important to know to what extent the state of a municipality’s labour market (and not only availability of apartments) drives the willingness to receive refugees. No such study has previously been conducted. This paper thus aims to bridge this gap in the research by analyzing data between 2006-2010 for all 290 Swedish municipalities and their contracts with the Swedish central government regarding refugee reception. The main findings are, when accounting for municipality-fixed effects, that neither unemployment nor available apartments affect the probability of signing a contract. Additional government grants, on the other hand, has a positive effect on the likelihood of signing a contract. Among municipalities which do sign contracts, the agreed number of refugees is negatively affected by higher municipality unemployment and positively affected by additional available apartments.

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2011. , 32 p.
Keyword [en]
Willingness to receive refugees; Refugee settlement policies; Refugee placement
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-156557OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-156557DiVA: diva2:432355
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Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2011-08-03 Created: 2011-08-02 Last updated: 2014-02-28Bibliographically approved

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