Growing support for foreign workers, survey finds

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Swedish support for work permit holders from non-EU countries is increasing, a new survey shows.

The survey from the SOM-institute at Gothenburg University shows that more people are in favour of increased labour migration today, compared to the beginning of 2000. 

Political scientist Elina Lindgren says that it could partly have to do with a change in the political debate, where more people now talk about a lack of labour, and the need to recruit more people to the public sector.

The survey shows that the people who are most positive to increased labour migration are under the age of 30 as well as people who are well educated, while older people - in particular those between 50 and 64 - are more negative.

More people came to Sweden on a work permit last year than in any other year since labour market reforms were introduced a decade ago.