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International Labour Review

Employer Attitudes towards Refugee Immigrants: Findings from a Swedish Survey

Scientific Article in English
Reference
Lundborg, Per and Per Skedinger (2016). “Employer Attitudes towards Refugee Immigrants: Findings from a Swedish Survey”. International Labour Review 155(2), 315–337. doi.org/10.1111/ilr.12026

Authors
Per Lundborg, Per Skedinger

Based on a large-scale survey of Swedish firms, the authors identify significant heterogeneity in their attitudes towards refugee hiring, job performance, wage setting and discrimination, though experience of employing refugees reduces negative attitudes. Firms’ reasons for discontinuing their employment of refugees are not related to discrimination by staff or customers, but rather to refugees’ suboptimal job performance. While the majority of firms do not regard the collectively agreed minimum wages as an important obstacle to the hiring of refugees, firms with a large share of refugees on the payroll report that reducing those wage rates would enhance employment substantially.

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