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Discrimination in Sweden! Foreign – born  more often denied sick pay
Wednesday, 23 February 2011
People born in the Middle East, North Africa or Turkey are often more than twice denied sick pay and sickness benefits than Swedish citizens.

This is shown in the most data released by the Swedish Social Insurance Agency known as F�rs�kringskassan reported by several Swedish media outlets.
Magdalena Brasch of the social insurance agency says it can not be fully excluded that the difference is due to discrimination.

High unemployment and poor Swedish language knowledge could partly explain the high rate of refusal of the foreign-born sick insurance but further studies are required to determine the real causes.

Hasan D�lek is chairman of the Turkish Federation in Sweden. He is familiar with how his members react when talking about negative information given to them from the social Insurance.
“You're lying if you say that there is no discrimination, but it is difficult to say when and how (discrimination is carried out). I can not claim that it is primarily directed at Arabic-speaking, but we're concerned about the conduct of Social Insurance,” said Hasan D�lek to Swedish daily Dagen’s Nyheter.
Traditionally, the amount of unemployment among non Swedish born in more that triples those of Swedish born extraction. According to D�lek Hasan, it is not surprising that many from Turkey are seeking sickness benefit or sickness benefit.

He narrates that they came to Sweden as young people to work here. They worked very hard and long hours. Now they are worn out and sick and are not working. To then not receiving any Social Insurance feels heavy.
He also acknowledges that the high rate of refusal may also be due to limited knowledge of Swedish language.
The social Insurance requires the filling of lots of forms and it is not easy to complete them and what all the rules mean. Sometimes members are helped with the filling of the forms by specialist organisations such as the Turkish Federation.
By Scancomark.se Team

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