Language Roulette? Refugee Placement and its Effect on Labor Market Integration
in a nutshell #4
Messages for Decision-Makers
Randomly assigning asylum seekers to a canton is a neutral, transparent allocation mechanism from an administrative perspective. However, it fails to consider individual characteristics.
Asylum seekers placed in a canton where the language spoken is familiar to them have a higher chance of finding employment than those allocated to a region where the language is alien to them.
Participation in a language course increases their chances of finding employment.
To retain random placement yet mitigate its negative effects, federal and cantonal authorities should ensure a comprehensive provision of language courses.