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Drawing lessons from Sweden's labour migration policy

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Abstract:

Sweden provides an example of a country where a sudden easing of restrictions on labour migration has not led to a boom in demand. Most employers still seem to be reluctant to use international recruitment, despite the relatively simple, inexpensive and rapid process. While wages of natives do not appear to have been affected, there is increasing recruitment for low‐skilled jobs for which no local shortage is apparent. The transferability of the Swedish system to other countries may be limited due to the characteristics of co‐operation among social partners and the Swedish labour market itself.

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: December 1, 2011

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