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More Difficult for Foreigners to Find Jobs

Published torsdag 12 mars 2009 kl 11.26

Discrimination and the lack of a professional network give academics with a foreign background less chances for employment, according to a new report from the Swedish Confederation for Professional Employees.

The report shows that academics born outside of Sweden more often have a degree within the natural sciences or technology sector – an education usually leading to more work opportunities than others.

But compared to Swedes of the same age and same level of education, those born outside of Sweden find it hard to find a job within their area of expertise and are twice as likely to receive a lower income.

The report concludes that it must be discrimination and the lack of contacts within the Swedish industry that stops the foreign academics from getting a foot in the door, according to Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

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