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A man at the entrance to an office of the Swedish Public Employment Service. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/Scanpix.

EU job-seekers miss out on employment service resources

Some job-seekers from other EU countries have been at a disadvantage when getting help from the Swedish Public Employment Service, according to a report Sunday from Swedish Radio's program Kaliber.

When people from other EU countries register with the employment service and lack a Swedish personal number, their information is sometimes processed on paper, instead of digitally, and this precludes them from being part of the digital matching system that the employment service uses to find people jobs.

However, in this case, the rules state that the employment service is supposed to ask for a so-called "coordination number", a sort of temporary personal number, from the Swedish Tax Authority.

Said Maroufkhani of the employment service tells Kaliber that the service will now ask for the coordination number for all EU citizen who lack Swedish personal numbers and who want to register with the service.

"I think it's deplorable that it's been this way," says Maroufkhani. "We obviously take this on ourselves that it doesn't need to be like this."

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