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Sep 18, 2019

Getting new arrivals to settle in places where their professional skills are in demand improves the opportunities for integration. With the help of AI today it is possible to carry out this type of matching in a more efficient way and on a large scale. What are the Swedish Migration Agency and the Swedish Employment Agency views at this type of digital tool?

According to Mottagandeutredningen – an investigation for a coherent system in integration from 2018, new arrivals should live where they have the greatest chance of getting a job and becoming self-sufficient. Together with colleagues from leading international universities, researcher Tommy Andersson has developed a software that makes it possible to precisely match professional skills and education to labor market regions.

The software, which is a type of so-called algorithmic matching, has been used successfully in a number of US states for the quota refugee group. In the United States, this has meant that at least 20 percent more people come to work after three months. At the same time, the administrators have been given more time over for other tasks, which has led to more efficient handling of cases. But how does this kind of tool really work? What are the barriers to entry by Swedish authorities? And what are the possible pitfalls?

In this seminar from SNS we hear Tommy Andersson, professor of economics at Lund University present the software, and comments from Sverker Spaak from the unit for analysis at the Swedish Migration Board, Annika Sundén, director of analysis at the Swedish Employment Service and Alex Teytelboym, associate professor at the Department of Economics, University of Oxford .