Sweden -IMF looks at migrants as a top resource -October 02, 2015

In a preliminary version of its annual report, the Washington-based International Monetary Fund highlights the difficulties immigrants encounter in finding work in Sweden. It is said that those fleeing conflict and hardship by moving to the Scandinavian state could help secure the country’s welfare model. The IMF further notes that, although overall employment is high, unemployment falls heavily on the low-skilled and the foreign-born. The organisation urges the social partners to consider ways ‘to ensure that entry-level wages are not a hurdle for groups with high unemployment to gain work, for example by introducing special wage scales for those needing on-the-job training or by enhancing flexibility at the firm level.’

English: http://www.thelocal.se/20150929/sweden-told-to-do-more-to-help-foreign-workers   

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