Policy Analysis of Labour Market Immigrant Integration in Sweden in the 21st Century

Title: Policy Analysis of Labour Market Immigrant Integration in Sweden in the 21st Century
Authors: Dzintars, Aleks
Date: 2015-08-25
Abstract: Instability in the Middle East and Eastern Africa has motivated immigrants and refugees to seek out better futures in Europe. Of the European destinations, many migrants target Sweden. As the foreign-born population in Sweden grows, however, there is increased pressure on welfare services, the labour market, and on society to integrate them. The Swedish government has, in response, developed policies to better integrate these individuals. The aim of this paper is to determine the efficacy of Swedish government integration programs since the year 2000. Integration will be measured economically in terms of both wage and unemployment. In order to then determine the effectiveness of Swedish government programs, this paper analyzes the strength of policies relating to citizenship, language training, skill recognition and discrimination and their effects on foreign-born unemployment and income. Results show that the effects of these programs are mixed. Citizenship and language training have a positive effect on integration, whereas the effects of skill recognition and anti-discrimination programs are either negative or incomplete.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/32758
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