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Uppsala Immigration Lab performs research on economic and social issues shaping our future. Collaborations across fields and interactions with the surrounding society provide opportunities for contributions to science and policy development.

Ongoing research

Refugee integration program

We study a standardised refugee integration program in Sweden using a regression. Instead of having municipalities run their own programs, a new program led by the public employment service was implemented in 2010. 

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Networks and immigrant labor market integration

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This project explores the emergence of networks among immigrants and investigates the importance of different types of contacts for labor market entry and future careers.

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How preschool quality relates to children’s learning outcomes

International research has shown that the quality of preschool is of great importance for children's learning and development. To ensure that all children have equal prerequisites in the preschool's activities, there is a great need for evidence-based knowledge of the conditions and working methods that can contribute to promoting all learning and development.

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Age at immigration and political participation

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We study the effect of age at immigration, and ask if immigrants who arrived to Sweden as children were more likely to partake in elections as adults, if they where younger at the point of arrival.

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Is language skills in Swedish the key to success in the labor market for immigrants?

How important is language skills for immigrants’ chance of getting a job in the Swedish labor market? The project uses an experimental approach to investigate how different levels of knowledge in Swedish affect a foreign-born jobseeker's chance of being recruited for an advertised job.

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Optimizing placement to improve refugees’ outcomes

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Is it possible to improve the matching between refugees and municipalities in order to increase refugees’ employment prospects? Using machine learning we will estimate each family’s probability of employment in each municipality, in order to predict where they will be most successful. We will also compare how assigning individuals to achieve the highest employment rate affects other outcomes, such as language training and study participation.

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The Cultural Assimilation of Individualism and Preferences for Redistribution

The project analyzes the relationship between individualism and preferences for redistribution, using variation in immigrants’ countries of origin to capture the impact of cultural values and beliefs on personal attitudes towards income redistribution and equality.

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The Swedish Income Distribution,1968-2016

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We provide new evidence on income inequality levels and trends in Sweden from 1968 to 2016. By combining data from tax and population registers, we construct a new dataset that includes the distribution of pre-tax total, post-tax disposable, labor and capital incomes for the full Swedish population since 1968. 

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Who gets asylum? The impact of traits and biases on bureaucrats' decision making

To what extent are asylum applications affected by traits and biases among the bureaucrats? Earlier research provides insights about the causes and consequences of migration, but according to the researchers, less attention has been directed to the intermediate bureaucratic process deciding who gets asylum.

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Last modified: 2022-11-18