AI helps match refugees to destinations

In November 2018, researchers at Sweden's University of Lund, the US's Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and the UK's Oxford University announced that in August the US State Department had begun using a software program they had designed that uses AI to find the best match for a refugee's needs, including access to jobs, medical facilities, schools, and nearby migrants who speak the same language. Known as "Annie MOORE", refugees matched by the program were finding jobs within 90 days about a third more often. The program's designers say the program is intended to lighten the workload falling on humanitarian organisations, freeing their time to focus on the most difficult cases.

https://www.ft.com/content/9332fffc-ec57-11e8-89c8-d36339d835c0

http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2018-10-03-using-ai-improve-refugee-integration

Writer: Helen Warrell

Publication: Financial Times

Publication date: 2018-11-21