We study central social issues linked to migration and integration. The research has a quantitative emphasis and uses rich data and state-of-the-art methods to create new knowledge. Our projects are run in collaboration with leading scholars in Sweden and abroad.

The effect of obtaining a driver’s license on labour market outcomes

The purpose of this project is to evaluate the effect of obtaining a driver's license on labor market outcomes, such as income and employment. The project also focuses on the labor markets for professional drivers, as a significant proportion of these drivers are foreign-born. Estimating the effect of obtaining a commercial driver's license is particularly important when evaluating labor market integration for immigrants.

Learn more about the research and its findings. Among other things, there is a working paper from the Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy (IFAU) about the economic effects of taxi licenses. Also, see the infographic based on the paper.

Read more about the project.

Reform of introduction program increased refugee women's employment

The research project "Refugee integration program" investigates introduction programs that have the potential to help newly arrived refugees find a way into the Swedish labor market.

The project has a new article titled "Reform av introduktionsprogram ökade flyktingkvinnors sysselsättning"  published in Ekonomisk Debatt, which presents some of the study's results. The article discusses a reform of the Swedish introduction program. The reform included, among other things, transferring responsibility from municipalities to the Public Employment Service and individualizing participants' compensation. The study shows that the women who participated in the program were increasingly employed compared to those who had access to the old program.

Refugee integration program

The long-term integration of refugee children

In the project "The social mobility of refugee children" researchers are following refugee children and children of refugees who fled the conflicts in former Yugoslavia during the 1990s. They are studying their journey through the education system, their entry into the labor market, and the social security systems. The project also covers family formation, housing segregation, and repatriation among these individuals. The results are related to the outcomes for, for example, adult refugees, and also examine social mobility across generations.

In a new working paper from IFAU (Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy), the researchers present some of their findings. In the report "The long-term integration of refugee children," you can read their conclusions.

Read the full IFAU report

Last modified: 2023-11-07