Matching Systems for Refugees

Will Jones
University of Oxford

Alexander Teytelboym
University of Oxford

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Matching Systems for Refugees


Design of matching systems between refugees and states or local areas is emerging as one of the most promising solutions to problems in refugee resettlement. We describe the basics of two-sided matching theory used in a number of allocation problems, such as school choice, where both sides need to agree to the match. We then explain how these insights can be applied to international refugee matching in the context of the European Union and examine how refugee matching might work within the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States.


Author Names

Will Jones and Alexander Teytelboym

Journal Journal on Migration and Human Security
Date of Publication 2017
Pages 667-681
DOI 10.1177/233150241700500306
Volume 5
Issue Number 3