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Refugee Resettlement




This seminar is part of the Department of Economics Seminar Series 2018-19. The seminars are open to all - no registration necessary. If you would like to receive email notification of the Department’s seminars, please send your request to


Speaker: Dr Alexander Teytelboym (University of Oxford)

Over 100,000 refugees are permanently resettled from refugee camps to hosting countries every year. Nevertheless, refugee resettlement processes in most countries are ad hoc, accounting for neither the priorities of hosting communities nor the preferences of refugees themselves.

Building on models from two-sided matching theory, we introduce a new framework for matching with multidimensional constraints that models refugee families' needs for multiple units of different services, as well as the service capacities of local areas.

We propose several refugee resettlement mechanisms that can be used by hosting countries under various institutional and informational constraints. Our mechanisms can improve match efficiency, incentivize refugees to report where they would like to settle, and respect priorities of local areas thereby encouraging them to accept more refugees overall.

Beyond the refugee resettlement context, our model has applications ranging from the allocation of daycare slots to the incorporation of complex diversity constraints in public school assignment.

Refugee Resettlement Paper

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3.00pm - 4.30pmWednesday 31st January 2018

D112 Rhind Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1R 0JD United Kingdom