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Refugee Resettlement (Job Market Paper)
Abstract: Over 100,000 refugees are permanently resettled from refugee camps to hosting countries every year. Nevertheless, refugee resettlement processes in most countries are ad hoc, accounting for neither the priorities of hosting communities nor the preferences of refugees themselves. Building on models from two- sided matching theory, we introduce a new framework for matching with multidimensional constraints that models refugee families’ needs for multiple units of different services, as well as the service capacities of local areas. We propose several refugee resettlement mechanisms that can be used by hosting countries under various institutional and informational constraints. Our mechanisms can improve match efficiency, incentivize refugees to report where they would like to settle, and respect priorities of local areas thereby encouraging them
to accept more refugees overall. Beyond the refugee resettlement context, our model
has applications ranging from the allocation of daycare slots to the incorporation of
complex diversity constraints in public school assignment.
With Will Jones, I co-founded a public policy project, called Refugees’ Say, which aims to implement matching systems for refugee resettlement around the world. Please visit the website for resources on refugee matching and media coverage of our work.
Our recent papers on refugee matching include:
- The Refugee Match, revision requested from Refugee Survey Quarterly (with Will Jones)
- The Local Refugee Match, revision requested from Journal of Refugee Studies (with Will Jones)
- Matching systems for refugees,revision requested from Journal of Migration and Human Security (with Will Jones)
- Choices, preferences and priorities in a matching system for refugees (2016), Forced Migration Review, Vol. 51, pp. 80-82 (with Will Jones)