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Recent and Ongoing Reforms

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The current Alliance for Sweden government was elected in 2006 with a mandate to restore the work‐first principle and address labour market exclusion arising from long‐term benefit receipt. This vision is at the heart of its proposed theme of Social Europe starts with a job for Sweden's upcoming presidency of the European Union in the second half of 2009. When the government came into office in 2006, almost 30% of the working‐age population was unemployed, underemployed or receiving other social benefits, and its initial reforms focused on unemployment. Some 200,000 people have joined the labour market since then. More recent changes have been concerned with advancing employment possibilities for those affected by sickness and disability.

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2010-08-01

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