Employer Attitudes Towards Refugee Immigrants

30 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2014

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Per Lundborg

Stockholm University

Per Skedinger

Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN); Linnaeus University - School of Business and Economics

Date Written: May 16, 2014

Abstract

We present a large survey with responses from Swedish firms on their attitudes towards refugees, regarding hiring, job performance, wage setting and discrimination. Generally, firms report positive experiences of having refugees as employees, but we also document a great deal of heterogeneity in attitudes.

Firms that ceased to have refugees on the payroll are less satisfied with their job performance, which seems related to poor language skills and less screening of refugees but not to discrimination of them by staff or customers. While most firms agree with statements that wage cuts negatively affect worker cohesion, effort or the quality of applicants, employers who consider such cuts as employment-enhancing tend to not agree.

Keywords: Refugee immigrants, Labour demand, Discrimination

JEL Classification: J15, J23, J71

Suggested Citation

Lundborg, Per and Skedinger, Per, Employer Attitudes Towards Refugee Immigrants (May 16, 2014). IFN Working Paper No. 1025. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2476407

Per Lundborg (Contact Author)

Stockholm University ( email )

Universitetsvägen 10
Stockholm, Stockholm SE-106 91
Sweden

Per Skedinger

Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) ( email )

Box 55665
Grevgatan 34, 2nd floor
Stockholm, SE-102 15
Sweden

HOME PAGE: http://www.ifn.se/PerS

Linnaeus University - School of Business and Economics ( email )

VÄXJÖ, SE-351 95
Sweden

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