Every year, political turmoil and environmental disasters displace millions, causing crises that carry over to nations accepting refugees. According to the United Nations, there are currently more than 25.4 million refugees, the highest ever amount. Host governments are faced with difficult decisions to balance humanitarian needs and the desires of their citizens, which often results in placing refugees in locations they do not prosper in.
A team of Berkeley students working with the AI For Good Foundation have developed a platform that can best assign refugees to locations in which they have been the most successful in, and have enjoyed the highest living standards. Furthermore, the solution optimizes for country capacity, minimizing the burden for host nations. The students hope the solution can assist United Nations policymakers and resettlement agencies in making more informed decisions about refugee placement in Europe and the United States.