2016

Employer Attitudes towards Refugee Immigrants: Findings from a Swedish Survey

Reprint No. 2016:48

Author(s): Per Lundborg and Per SkedingerYear: 2016 Title: International Labour Review Volume (No.): 155 (2) Pages: 315–337
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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.


Reference:
Lundborg, Per and Per Skedinger (2016), "Employer Attitudes towards Refugee Immigrants: Findings from a Swedish Survey". International Labour Review 155(2), 315–337.

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