Switzerland is about to pilot a new algorithm which could boost refugee employment by up to 30%. Built on big data from tracking previous refugees, the tool analyses asylum seekers’ characteristics to recommend the region where they’re most likely to find work. Launching in summer 2018, the program will be the first of its kind in the world.
As things stand, only 15% of asylum seekers in Switzerland manage to find a job after three years. Increasing this number would have “dramatic societal consequences,” said Dominik Hangartner, a professor at ETH Zurich who co-created the algorithm. Even just one refugee being in employment saves the Swiss state an average of $35,000 in one year.
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