Sweden Took 162,000 Refugees In 2015—Only 494 Got A Job!
Out of the 162,000 refugees who sought asylum in Sweden in 2015, only 494 of those people have since found jobs.
[Volunteers welcoming refugees to Sweden, which took in more people than any, other EU country. | Circa 2015 | Photo: Ola Torkelsson]
Refugees are eligible for work while their applications are being processed if they can present valid-identification documents and haven’t been denied asylum in the past. While most of the asylum seekers qualified for a job permit, the national migration office was only able to issue one to one-third because of the overwhelming demand.
“There was an incredible amount of people who applied for asylum in Sweden, and for us to be able to register everyone, we had to disregard certain areas, and employment was one of them,” Swedish Immigration Officer Lisa Bergstrand said to Swedish public broadcaster SVT. “We do what we’ve been told to do.”
It has been quite the struggle for the majority of European countries to help migrants go from welfare to employment. The perpetual, refugee crisis has been a strain for many, participating countries. Germany reformed its labor laws to ease migrants’ collective job-seeking burden. More, migrants are exempt from minimum-wage regulations and infinitely many “one-euro jobs (refugees work for decreased pay between $1.13 and $2.80 an hour)” were made for them.
Sweden’s center-left government proposed a reform to asylum laws to actively push migrants into the job world. If applicants can’t find work and/or sustain themselves upon being in the country for three years, they will be denied permanent residency—if the reforms pass.