Matching with the Right Attitude: the Effect of Matching Firms with Refugee Workers

Research Note
Published on 3 March 2023


Does exposure to one refugee worker increase local employers’ demand for refugees? In this study, we show that matching employers with a skilled refugee worker for a short-term internship improves the employers' perception of refugees' abilities and increases the hiring of refugees by firms. This is particularly evident when the employer and refugee share positive attitudes towards each other.


Francesco Loiacono

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Mariajose Silva-Vargas

Maastricht University