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Recruitment Procedures in the Construction of Labour Market Relations The Ethnic Divide in Sweden

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Abstract

In seeking to better understand the processes involved in the structuring of regional labour markets, an interview study has been conducted which focuses on recruitment procedures in private firms and public sector organizations in the Stockholm region, Sweden. The analysis discusses some of the effects of recruitment procedures used by the investigated firms and organizations, especially in terms of how new employees are selected and how these procedures may in turn act to hinder the entrance of ‘others’ into employment. The conclusions are discussed in relation to the situation in Sweden with particular consideration of the ethnic structure of the workforce and the high unemployment rates among groups of the immigrant population. Further, it is argued that such recruitment procedures as evidenced in the interview study are related to wider socio-economic change, the particular characteristics of workplaces and their spatial context.
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Keywords: Stockholm; Sweden; ethnic structure; labour market; recruitment

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University

Publication date: 01 October 2005

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