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Few asylum seekers got jobs while waiting for their decision

Published tisdag 31 maj 2016 kl 10.48
Migration Agency: we had to prioritise
(0:38 min)
Asylum seekers are not offered particular help to find work. Photo: Jessica Gow / TT.
Asylum seekers are not offered particular help to find work. Photo: Jessica Gow / TT.

Of 162,000 who applied for refugee status in Sweden last year, fewer than 500 found employment, reports Swedish TV News.

And part of the problem is that only a third of the total were given permission to look for work.

The Migration Agency was so busy registering refugees, during a record high period of migration, that they had to deprioritise some tasks, says unit head Lisa Bergstrand, to SVT.

The government has proposed that most refugees should, in the future, be given temporary leave to stay in Sweden and that this should be made permanent if the asylum seeker finds a job.

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