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Shortages of immigration officials create job stopper

Tuesday, 07 June 2011
In Sweden right now, there is the talk of increased skills shortages in certain key sectors of the economy. As such many industries are crying out for foreign workers. And interest to work in Sweden is also great. But the trouble is that the Swedish immigration is finding it hard to deal with the growing influx because they have skill shortages themselves.

In December 2008, the rules for labour immigration were promoted with an idea to revive industries that lack expertise in Sweden. But when word spread of the change of the Swedish rule change, the system collapsed all together - Immigration Service had simply too few officers to handle the situation.


The authority had no chance to deal with the huge onslaught of applications which began pouring in last summer. In May 2010, some 1532 applications were submitted in June that number was up to 5321.

“We have no time. It is most unfortunate but there it is - we were not prepared for the sudden rise and could not recruit officers at the pace that was needed, "said Alejandro Firpo, Director of the Migration Board's work unit in Stockholm.
Firpo adds that the job now is about to catch up, and the immigration Service has hired new staff as twice as many officers as before. Average time to handle a case is down to 74 days, according to Immigration Service's own statistics.

“It's only now we can live up to requirements. We keep a good pace, and it will only get better, "said Alejandro Firpo.
By Scancomark.se Team

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