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Can Job Search Assistance Improve the Labour Market Integration for Refugees? Evidence from a Field Experiment

Michele Battisti, Yvonne Giesing () and Nadzeya Laurentsyeva

No 7292, CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo Group Munich

Abstract: We conducted a field experiment to evaluate the impact of job-search assistance on the employment of recently arrived refugees in Germany. The treatment group received job-matching support: an NGO identified suitable vacancies and sent the refugees' CVs to employers. Results of follow-up phone surveys show a positive and significant treatment effect of 13 percentage points on employment after twelve months. These effects are concentrated among low-educated refugees and those facing uncertainty about their residence status. These individuals might not search effectively, lack access to alternative support programmes, and may be disregarded by employers due to perceived higher hiring costs.

Keywords: refugees; labour market integration; job search assistance; field experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E24 F22 J61 J68 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eur, nep-exp, nep-lab, nep-mac and nep-mig
Date: 2018
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