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As fewer foreign students come to Sweden, tech companies worry

Published fredag 22 mars 2013 kl 11.10

Swedish technology companies are concerned about losing talent, due to the lower numbers of foreign students studying at Swedish Universities.

"We are dependent on these people, just like many other companies," Tomas Qvist, the head of recruiting at Ericsson, tells Swedish Radio news.

He says he is worried about finding engineers in the future, because many of the country's technical colleges have fewer foreign students today.

But Magnus Henrekson, the head of the Research Institute for Industrial Economics, says while it has been beneficial for many Swedish companies to be able tap into this foreign student base, he thinks Sweden has to charge students who want to study in the country. "It's a dilemma we really don't know how to solve," he says.

Sweden introduced university fees for students coming from outside the EU in 2011. That year there was a nearly 80 percent drop in foreign student enrollment.

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