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countries actively seek to disperse refugees to counteract residential
segregation or/and take measures to attract and retain international migrants
in smaller communities to mitigate or reverse population decline. This study
explores the regional distribution and inter-regional mobility among refugees
in Sweden. It uses individual-level register data to follow two cohorts for
eight years after their arrival in Sweden, distinguishing between refugees
subject to a placement policy in the 1990s and recent cohorts that had either
arranged their own housing or had been assigned housing. It uses sequence
analysis and multinomial logit regression to analyse regional trajectories, and
event history analysis to examine mobility determinants. The results indicate
that most refugees remained in the same type of region throughout the period. A
significant proportion of refugees with assigned housing in large city or small
city/rural regions stayed there over a long period, suggesting that refugee
settlement policies have long-lasting consequences.