Immigrants in Sweden to take eight out of ten new jobs

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More and more first-generation immigrants are getting jobs in Sweden due to a strengthening labour market, the country's state employment service has reported.

Arbetsförmedlingen expects eight out ten new jobs to go to those born outside Sweden during 2018, reducing the employment gap between immigrants and ethnic Swedes.

"A clear sign that we have a strong labour market is that foreign-born people are getting into the labour market to a much higher degree," said Håkan Gustavsson, head of labour market prognoses.

The employment rate among foreign-born residents grew by two percent to 65.6 percent in the first three months of 2017, compared to the same period last year, with some 47,000 people entering employment, an 11.1 percent jump.

The employment rate among people born in Sweden grew by 0.6 percent to 80.1 percent over the same period.

But the agency predicted that the unemployment rate among foreign-born residents would drop again in 2018 as those who came to Sweden during the refugee wave of autumn 2015 entered the labour market.

The unemployment rate among foreign-born Swedes is expected to rise from 50 percent to around 60 percent by the end of 2018.