Social Security Minister Annika Strandhäll with investigator Lars Arrhenius.
Social Security Minister Annika Strandhäll with investigator Lars Arrhenius. Credit: TT

Proposal would limit parental leave for immigrants

The head of a government-led investigation looking at parental leave for newly arrived immigrants suggested limiting the number of paid day parents can take off with their child.

Government investigator Lars Arrhenius has proposed giving parents who come to Sweden with children age two or older a maximum of 100 days.

By limiting parental leave, the government hopes to push more immigrants into jobs sooner. Currently, all parents of children born in 2014 or later receive a total of 480 days of paid parental leave.

Arrhenius said he looked at the average number of days taken by Swedish parents and found that after two years the rate was about 100 days.

"I think it is a reasonable solution that children who come to Sweden get the same opportunities to spend time with their parents as others," he told Swedish Radio.

Social Security Minister Annika Strandhäll called the idea "a very good proposal" and added that it would help improve the integration of foreign-born women into the Swedish labor market.

The new rule is proposed to apply from July 1, 2017.

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