Algorithm to Help Refugees Get Jobs

A recent article by Natalie Sikorski at Refugees Deeply provides a deeper understanding of the algorithm meant to help refugees get jobs fast.

An algorithm for locating refugee resettlement could improve refugees probability in finding work according to researchers from Stanford University. Their work raises ideas about the limits and opportunities of big data with refugee resettlement.

Can an algorithm can make the process of resettlement more efficient?

Researchers suggest that it can by placing refugees in areas where they’re most likely to find work. This can be achieved by supervised machine learning finding the best place for a refugee to locate in a country to access work as quickly as possible. This is achieved by drawing on historical data and other characteristics relating to specific locations and refugees.

Using a combination of caseworkers with the algorithm can assist humans to make more informed decisions to help refugees.

Hainmueller: We are actively in communication with resettlement agencies here in the U.S. and are planning a pilot to test the algorithm. We’re also in communication with the Swiss government on scoping out a potential pilot there.Refugees Deeply 


This article shares how in ‘ In the U.S., there’s a very heavy focus on early self-sufficiency.’ And contrasts the American model for resettlement with the European model. Emphasising how in Europe the training of refugees with skills to achieve a ‘higher skilled job’ is better than the American model which can result in refugees working low wage jobs for extended periods of time.

This relates to a recent article that HTil shared in relation to coding skills in Uganda. Learning how to code, empowers people on computers.

Developing skills in coding is seen as preparing people for jobs and projects that facilitate refugees to learn these skills in resettlements are seen as preparing people for the growth of STEM industries across Africa. Examples of these projects include the that ACW initiative empowers young refugees with skills.

ACW in Uganda is part of countries in Africa that host over a thousand workshops that have benefitted over half a million youth.

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