Journal of Population Economics

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 133–155 | Cite as

Settlement policies and the economic success of immigrants



Many countries use settlement policies to direct the inflow of immigrants away from immigrant dense areas. We evaluate a reform of Swedish immigration policy that featured the dispersion of refugee immigrants, but also a change in the approach to labor market integration. We focus on how immigrants fared because of the policy. The evaluation indicates that immigrants experienced substantial long run losses. The bulk of the effect stems from a common component that affected immigrants regardless of location. We interpret the common component as being related to a shift in policy focus, from labor market assimilation to income support.

JEL classification

J15 J18 R23 

Key words

Immigration settlement policies labor market outcomes 


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© Springer-Verlag 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Per-Anders Edin
    • 1
  • Peter Fredriksson
    • 1
  • Olof Åslund
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUppsala University, and Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation (IFAU)UppsalaSweden
  2. 2.Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation (IFAU)UppsalaSweden

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