SOCIAL SCIENCES

Asylum delay reduces employment

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Science  05 Aug 2016:
Vol. 353, Issue 6299, pp. 553
DOI: 10.1126/science.353.6299.553-a

Delays in asylum processing harm employment prospects and subsequent integration.

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The current refugee crisis calls for better understanding of how refugees integrate into life in a host country. A key element of integration is finding paid work. Hainmueller et al. found consistently that refugees across categories and origins who had to wait an additional year for the host government's asylum decision subsequently had difficulty finding employment. This finding is consistent with a pattern in which refugees whose asylum applications are slow become psychologically discouraged. Thus, speeding up asylum processing would appear to be a sensible policy for unlocking the economic potential of vulnerable people.

Sci. Adv. 10.1126.sciadv.1600432 (2016).

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