Migration Minister Tobias Billström welcomed the increase in foreign nationals moving to Sweden for work. Photo: Maja Suslin/Scanpix
20 percent rise in Swedish work permits to non-EU nationals

Big increase in labour immigration

There has been a 20 percent increase in work permits issued to new arrivals to Sweden so far this year, compared to 2011.

”This is good news,” Migration Minister Tobias Billström wrote in an opinion article in Sydsvenskan newspaper.

“Labour immigration is a precondition for growth and welfare,” he added.

According to the Migration Board many permits were issued to people with third level qualifications.

In 2008 Sweden opened up to labour immigration, which had previously been restricted. Since then the numbers of foreign nationals arriving for work has steadily increased.

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