European labour migration

Influx of Greek citizens looking for Swedish jobs

The number of Greek citizens coming to Sweden to look for jobs has doubled, according to figures from the Migration Board in Sweden. The increase is especially clear among young people, Swedish Radio News reports.

Last year, 800 Greeks were granted work permits in Sweden, double the number from 2010.

"The majority of them come to Sweden and think they will find work, find a home. They have this myth about Sweden. I try to tell them it's difficult," says Komninos Chaideftos, chairman of the Greek Association in Sweden.

The Association has now started a special unit to help Greek citizens coming here. That Greece is in an economic crisis is something Chaideftos can see just from the number of people who turn up to the Greek Association.

More and more people are calling and wondering about the job situation in Sweden.

"The tendency is that it's increasing. The situation in Greece is that more than a million people are officially unemployed," Chaideftos says.

The Greek Association also says there are homeless Greeks in Sweden.

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