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Immigrants Face Tougher Expectations

Published tisdag 26 augusti 2008 kl 12.36
Migration minister Tobias Billström

Current rules regarding immigrants aren’t tough enough, according to a moderate party working group including Migration minister Tobias Billström against exclusion from the workforce.

In an article in Dagens Nyheter newspaper, the group is calling for more clearcut integration policies. 

According to the project group’s investigations, too few immigrants are able to support themselves after two and half years of residency in Sweden.

The article strongly criticizes a Swedish benefits system that offers little economic incitement for new immigrants to find work.

However, the project group also points out that many companies in the public sector are wary of employing non-Swedes who may have the right qualifications but whose Swedish language skills are not deemed quite perfect enough.

The group calls for employment issues to be prioritised as soon as immigrants arrive in Sweden, and for Swedish values to be clearly outlined at that stage.

The article demands that current systems for new immigrants, including the state funded language tuition be revised completely. According to the article, immigrants need to accept their new country’s values and will gain greater acceptance themselves.

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