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Report: Foreign-born workers crucial to jobs market

Published onsdag 7 december 2016 kl 12.01
People outside the Employment Agency.
Credit: BERTIL ENEVÅG ERICSON / TT

The Swedish jobs market is developing strongly but there is an increasing labour shortage and it is crucial to get immigrants working, according to the Employment Agency’s latest forecast.

The number of people employed and in work placement schemes will increase by 74,000 this year and a further 101,000 in 2017 and 2018.

“It is satisfying that the Swedish labour market continues to show such strength,” said Employment Agency Director Mikael Sjöberg. “But at the same time we must increase our efforts to facilitate the matching of vacancies and job seekers.”

He said it was a “growing challenge” given the number of new arrivals to Sweden.

There was strong job growth in big cities, with foreign born residents particularly contributing to that growth. There was, however, also an increase in those not born in Sweden entered as unemployed.

“Last year there were 163 000 people who came to Sweden,” said the Employment Agency’s head analyst Annika Sundén. “It is a great opportunity but also a challenge.”

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