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Examples we can learn from: The US, Canada, Great Britain and New Zealand!


A second report on integration should probably also be written, said Andreas Bergh, IFN and Lund University, when commenting on the ESO report Inspiration for Integration, by Patrick Joyce, Ratio. The report compares integration policies in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany. Joyce stated that Germany is the country that has been most successful to integrate immigrants in the labor market, in the short and long term. But, Andreas Bergh said, it would have been better to discuss the labor market in Britain, the United States, Canada and New Zealand. He explained that these countries could better serve as sources of inspiration. Among other things, earned income tax credit can be an alternative to subsidies to employers to hire new arrivals.

2017-12-12 ESO Andreas Bergh 2.jpgAndreas Bergh commented on the ESO report Inspiration for integration of Patrick Joyce, Ratio, at a seminar in Rosenbad.

In the ESO report, Patrick Joyce states that in Sweden the difference in employment between domestic and foreign born is the highest in the OECD. To address this, he suggestes that asylum seekers be allowed to participate in establishment programs in anticipation of asylum and that language skills requirements should be introduced for permanent residence permit. He also suggested that the length of the establishment programs be made more flexible. Something like Ylva Johansson, Minister for Employment and Entrepreneurship, was in doubt as she commented on the proposal.


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In the panel discussion participated (from left) Grete Brochmann, Professor of Sociology at the University of Oslo, Andreas Bergh, IFN, Hanna Moback, Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator, Åre and Patrick Joyce, Researcher at Ratio. Moderator was ESO's chairman Hans Lindblad.

Grete Brochmann, professor of sociology at the University of Oslo, was asked if she could give an advice to Sweden what should be changed in terms of immigrant integration. Brochmann explained that Sweden should be less liberal in terms of permitting immigrants to settle anywhere and not the place they were referred to: The risk is, she explained, that they move to isolation and poverty.

See the presentations and movie from the seminar (in Swedish)

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