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Sweden to tighten control on Labour immigration

Monday, 07 November 2011
Swedish government is making a U-turn to earlier interest to open its borders for labour migration to the country and to instead tighten labour migration as from next year.

Swedish migration minister, Tobias Billström told radio Sweden that as from next year there will be tighter controls for employers seeking to hire people who have migrated from non-EU countries.
The minister adds that employers who employ from abroad tend also to exploit some of these employees for obvious reasons.


The Swedish “Migration Board must now be better able to systematically try to deal with grievances and as such it has received a specific mandate from the government in which it should start cross checking their records (employers/employees) against the Tax Authority’s databases.”

In this way, it continues, one can identify situations where the employer clearly can not pay wages, and perhaps also in specific areas where risky situations,  in which their actions have hit many persons.

From next year, the Swedish tax authority and the immigration Service will have to cooperate, according to Billström, to detect employers and employees that are not playing by the role.

Various Swedish workers’ unions and border police have testified about abuses and have pointed out that no one knows the conditions under which migrant workers work in when they come to Sweden. The believe is that Swedish people and those operating in Sweden obey the roles but time and again evidences have emerged which suggest that, especially non EU recruits are usually exploited.

The economic cooperation organization, OECD has criticized Sweden in an unpublished report for  lack of control, and recommends that Sweden improves the monitoring of wages and conditions and that they are as specified on the work permits.

Swedish Migration officials share the OECD's view:
“The OECD reports reflect what we can see ourselves that there is cheating in these cases, but as the law stands today, we have to accept cases that are complete, one can say. The law gives us no opportunity to reject cases that we detect as cheating.”
By Scancomark.se Team

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