Revolutionary Reforms in Swedish Labour Immigration Policy

The Swedish government and the Green Party have presented a comprehensive reform of Swedish immigration policy that is set to revolutionise living and working conditions for immigrants.

If a Swedish employer makes a concrete job offer to someone outside the European Union, then that person must be granted an automatic work permit. In the past, the Employment Bureau would have intervened to try and fill the position with a Swedish resident, but that won’t be the case now.

Work and residence permits will be renewable after two years and in addition, no one who is in employment may be forced back to their home country. The Minister of Migration Tobias Billström commented in daily Dagens Nyheter that labour immigration contributes to a richer and more open society.