A value sensitive ABM of the refugee crisis in The Netherlands

Ross Gore, Phillip Wozny, Frank P.M. Dignum, F. Leron Shults, Christine Boshuijzen-van Burken, Lamber Royakkers

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We develop an agent based model to characterize the wellbeing of newcomers (i.e. asylum seeking refugees) in the context of asylum logistics using Schwartz's theory of values. The model produces recommendations for decision-makers with respect to avoiding catastrophic outcomes and maximizing best case outcomes. We conduct analysis to show that while a relatively simple set of conditions is necessary to avoid catastrophic outcomes, these conditions are insufficient to maximize the best case outcomes. Furthermore, the conditions that maximize one best case outcome do so at the expense of another. The result is a platform for decision-makers to understand tradeoffs in policies for government and non-government organizations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 Spring Simulation Conference, SpringSim 2019
Place of PublicationPiscataway
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5108-8388-8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019
Event2019 Spring Simulation Conference, SpringSim 2019 - Tucson, United States
Duration: 29 Apr 20192 May 2019

Publication series

NameSimulation Series
ISSN (Print)0735-9276


Conference2019 Spring Simulation Conference, SpringSim 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Agent-based model
  • Humanitarian logistics
  • Refugees
  • Schwartz values
  • Simulation and policy


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