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Calls for the withdraw of child-caring allowances to minorities so as to increase integration in the Swedish society

Monday, 13 June 2011
Integration of minorities in Sweden is very depression and increasingly, international organisations and observers have been putting more pressures on the Swedish authorities to do something about the alienation that exist in the Swedish society.

The job market and housing are some areas that this alienation is heavily felt. Several factors have been attributed for this persistent alienation and these factors affect both sides of the equation – that is, the Swedes and the immigrants. But authorities feel that the Swedes make it harder for the immigrants or the minorities to be encouraged to see hopes of trying harder to integrate.

So, how do the minorities survive in Sweden if they cannot get a job or carrier? They rely on all forms of hand outs such as child care alliances. It is claimed that this allowance makes it harder for this set of people to get integrated as such it is being called for it to be abolished so as to encourage integration.

This is the view of a Swedish government expert who has examined foreign born people’s world of work and what solution is being sought that to improve integration. The claim is that childcare allowance is a women's trap, according to the investigators.

It locks out women from the labour market, and particularly the women, who it is also claimed that their knowledge and skills are kept for themselves and not being used, according to �sa Olli Segendorf , one of the investigators.

But the question being asked is what evidence is there to show that Swedish employers need the skills of immigrant women and how have those who are seeking work and who can work have been able to gain works and careers? Of course, one would not condone a sector of the society to seat in and live on hand outs as this drain affects the rest of the hard working tax payers. But if Swedish employers and workers know that their cost of living could be improve if more unemployed people, especially those in the minority are employed, then this problem will be quickly resolved. It will not even need a government intervention.

The more immigrants are that are employed, the less the government will spend on hand outs and this will make the government to cut taxes and spend less on public services. This would means that disposable incomes will increase for all. But the Swedish employers prefer to pay higher taxes and let immigrants stay away from work places and receive the hand outs.

An expert group that studies the state’s Public Finance, a kind of think tank at the Finance Ministry today present a report on how immigrants can find it easier to get into the Swedish labour market. If this is a reality then, there would be a real progress in the Swedish society and its economy.


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This is because, today, only six out of ten foreign-born people are employed compared with eight out of ten who were born in Sweden. It is a great improvement any from years of very low numbers.
According to Asa Olli Segendorf, it is important for economic growth if more people who are born abroad enter the Swedish world of work.
“We have a great advantage that we have a lot of people with good training, but we have not been so great to assimilate this. For growth, we need them; we must find ways to defend their competence.”

The Expert Group has proposed a number of other concrete measures, including the system for assessing foreign qualifications should be simplified and that students may have to obtain credits if they help with homework.

Dropping the allowance for careering for children,  fully and to review the parental insurance system, are other suggestions.
But this is something that surprises the Christian Democrats' party secretary Acko Ankarberg Johansson

“For us, as we develop a family policy, we think it should be optional and fair. If we are to reduce support in family policy, I think it is the wrong solution. It's about non discrimination of people because of their background.” He does not see how withdrawing economic support to families will help them get jobs. Those who have not gotten jobs and are well qualifies have not done so because they choose to remain at home and collect hand outs. It is because employer discriminates against them as such that should be the fight.

However, investigators still believe that the immigrants who are unemployed make a choice to stay at home and collect hand outs.
“It's not really so much a choice because they do not have any other alternative. It's good to be at home with the children but from a purely integration perspective, it is not a good measure, "said Olli Segendorf.

There is are also good points in her argument in that some immigrants that have come from countries with very strong culture choose to live in Sweden just as they lived in their countries. For example some of the immigrants fail to learn the common official language – Swedish, fail to understand how things are done in Sweden such schooling, communication, parental rules, right of the woman and facilities that exist to help in further training and start a business among others.

There is also a strong fear by the Swedish employers when dealing with these immigrants due to strong political correctness that is rife in the society. Companies might have rules that reflect their client base and if immigrants due to their culture fail to meet these requirements, the company might be indicted for discrimination. The best way to escape these types of negative headlines along cultural lines that might lead to interpretations such as racists is for those companies to keep away. These strong differences in the multicultural Sweden make it hard for proper integration.
By Scancomark.se Team



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