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Tommy Andersson, Lund U. Print
Tuesday, 06 December 2016, 14:00 - 15:15

Tommy Andersson, Lund University

Assigning Refugees to Landlords in Sweden: Stable Maximum Matchings

Abstract: The European refugee crisis began in 2015. In an attempt to reduce pressure on member states located at the external border of the European Union, the European Commission decided on a temporary European relocation scheme. However, several obstacles for successful integration remain and this paper focuses on one of these obstacles, namely the problem of finding housing for refugees once they have been relocated to a European Union membership state. In particular, the focus is restricted to the situation in Sweden during 2015-2016 and it is demonstrated that market design can play an important role in a partial solution to the problem. More specifically, because almost all accommodation options are exhausted in Sweden, the paper investigates a matching system, closely related to the system adopted by the European NGO ``Refugees Welcome'', and proposes an easy-to-implement algorithm that finds a stable maximum matching. Such matching guarantees that the maximum number of refugees are assigned to private landlords and that no refugee strictly prefers some landlord to their current match when, at the same time, that specific landlord strictly prefers that refugee to his current match.

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