Even though eight of out ten new jobs—mostly low skill entry level positions—will go to “immigrants” in Sweden, unemployment levels among the invader community will still be three times as high as among native Swedes, a new government report has revealed.
Sweden’s national job agency Arbetsförmedlingen has predicted that 149,000 new jobs will be created in 2017 and 2018—but that 80 percent of these will go to “immigrants” and not native Swedes.
Arbetsförmedlingen’s director-general, Mikael Sjöberg said in the statement that unemployment among “foreigners” also remains higher than among people born in Sweden.
In the first quarter of 2017 the unemployment rate for Swedes was 4.9 percent compared to 16 percent for those not born in Sweden.
Sweden saw record levels of immigration in 2015 and providing jobs for everyone is one of the main challenges. “We are at an extremely intense stage, because this spring many of those who arrived in 2015 have come to us,” said Sjöberg. “At the same time we’re seeing that temporary residence permits are reducing interest among certain groups, so it is a big challenge for us.”
A total of 348,000 people are expected to be unemployed in Sweden in 2018. According to the report, the reason for this is that the “is that the labor force is being filled with more people who are initially far from the labor market, largely new arrivals in Sweden.”