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Sweden introduced a radical reform of its labour migration management policy at the end of 2008. The main impetus for the reform was concerns regarding population ageing and shortages of workers. Sweden is facing the retirement of the baby‐boom generation, and youth cohorts will be smaller than retiring cohorts in the next decades. Increasing concern about future labour shortages led over the past decade to considerable debate over recruitment from abroad, culminating in the 2008 reform.

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2011-12-01

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