Report: immigrants are untapped resource for Swedish industry

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A new report has suggested that Sweden is not making the most out of immigrant workers in its industrial sector.

Juhana Vartiainen, economist and member of Finnish parliament, said the Swedish manufacturing industry would expand not only at home but abroad if immigrant workers were employed more.

Statistics from the Nation Statistics Office show that only 15 percent of people working in the manufacturing industry are immigrants, and only 4 percent in the mining industry.

Juhana Vartiainen also believes students from non-EU countries should have their work and residence permits approved or extended so they can start making up for skill shortages across Sweden.