The importance of immigrants to the Swedish economy- are immigrants important or why are they leaving the country in their droveSunday, 04 December 2011
Despite their persistent repudiation in Sweden, immigrants are said to play a leading role in keeping Sweden working. Several industries and sectors in Sweden are largely supported by
Foreign-born workers such that without them Sweden will come to a stand still. But there are those sectors that are no go sector for immigrants as many immigrants are leaving the country to seek greener pasture elsewhere.
These include large proportion of operation in of health care and elderly care, hotels and restaurants and transport. Every day, 600,000 foreign-born people go to work in these sectors. More than one in four doctors, for example, was born outside the Nordic region.
The Swedish bus drivers sector, at least one in four workers here was born outside Europe.
Many foreign-born have a key role, particularly in the services industries and parts of the public sector.
“Without our foreign-born worker, there would be a large part of the medical care sector that will quickly cease to function,” says Gunnar Blomquist, personnel manager at the Stockholm County Council to the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter. This applies in many features, both specialist doctors’ nurses and service work such as cleaning and mail delivery.
Gunnar Blomquist and the Stockholm County Council have for years recruited doctors abroad. At the hospital in Torsby, according to Director Karin Lundin, more than half of the physicians are foreign born.
“In recent years, it is mainly the Iraqi doctors who started working with us,” says Karin Lundin. “They have a quality education, and they just need more language skills as such we have our own teachers in the hospital for that”.
We have been writing significantly about the plight of immigrants in Sweden of recent. The reasons for this are that• We have been trying to contribute our own to the knowledge of rampant poor state of immigrants in Sweden. Immigrants here refer to people who are not considered “good quality humans” in Sweden. Good quality humans are white people with all the looks of western ways of life as such are the natives of Sweden, Norway, Finland, Britain, Germans and mostly white people with blond hair, blue eyes etc.
• The leading Swedish newspaper, Dagens Nyheter is carrying out some types of campaign about the plights of the immigrants in Sweden and is determined to educate Swedish people more about the values to their non Swedish looking people and their importance in their Swedish society. We thought that we could also follow that line of thought or this period
• We are disgusted about the ways our friends, relatives, neighbours, children’s friends with foreign background are treated in a country that present itself as a free and open country with the chance to make it irrespective of background. We are against Swedish hypocrisy when it comes to race relations and want the world to know the real Sweden.
In a few years, Sweden will have intense labour shortage in many areas. Partly because of a population pyramid in which many people are getting older and there are few young people. It makes sense to note that labour demand will be crucial to sustain the
welfare. Therefore the foreign-born already in Sweden who make the youthful population to a greater extent are brought into the labour market.
This is not the first time we hear this “hot air,” been blown here in Sweden related to immigrants. The view that immigrants of various generations in Sweden are heavily discriminated in the labour market is nothing news. Various politicians who don’t even know the intensity of the situation always make promises that are never kept and the situation continues to be precarious year after year.
The issue lies with the employers who tend to hop over skill in Sweden which they don’t like and go aboard and recruit from where they like. They will always say that there are no qualified persons to fill the positions they are advertising, but of which here are African-looking or Arab-looking who are properly educated and trained wanting these jobs.
In Stockholm County Council, there currently 30 percent of the doctors here are born abroad. Half of them come from countries outside the EU. Of nurses and attendants in psychiatric care, one in four is foreign-born.
In elderly care, the proportion of foreign-born has increased significantly over the past ten years.
In metropolitan areas, the proportion of foreign-born is relatively high in the population and therefore also in some workplaces. The group is overrepresented in some industries. In Södertälje, for example, 59 percent of bus drivers were foreign born.
Martin Andaloussi is growth strategist in Södertälje. He believes that the large element of foreign born in the municipality over the long term will be positive for Södertälje’s growth even if today there is great unemployment.
“Our population pyramid is more balanced than in most other municipalities. We are better equipped to cope with generational changes at work because we have such a large proportion of young people. With us, the inhabitants who are at work over 54 years is only 19 per cent, in the county as a whole the figure is 21 percent and the rest of the country has an average of 25 percent.
He also adds that Södertälje already has several foreign-born or second generation immigrants in the skilled jobs. He believes that it will make it easier for those who are newly arrived and want to make a career.
“The creation of role models - I was born in Emmaboda, Sweden and have a Moroccan father,” He said.
There are industries in which almost no one who is born outside of Europe is working. There are jobs such as air traffic controllers, fire-fighters, military, high officials, politician, lecturers and funeral directors. On the other hand, there are occupations with a massive foreign – born domination. Of all the hotels and office cleaners in Stockholm was 80 percent foreign born in 2008.
Of all state employees in 2010 was 13.3 percent foreign born, thus less than their proportion in the population aged 16-64, which is 17 percent.
But this reflects most previous years' policy. Of the new recruits in 2010 was 20.4 percent foreign born. This means that the gap decreases. And that the state may soon have the same percentage of employees who are foreign born as there are in the population.
Olof Åslund is Director General of the Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation, IFAU.
He points that there future looks bright and notes that the concentration of foreign-born to certain industries and certain work – has been getting stronger in recent years.
“It does not in itself be bad, but often they are associated with low wages. It is not good for immigrants to get stuck in a poorer part of the labour market. It is a waste of society's resources in that well-educated working in the wrong profession.”
Anders Lago whom for many years was Social Democrat leader in City of Södertälje said that “it is sad that we in Sweden are so bad at taking advantage of the skills of the immigrants. Many in industries are talking about diversity, but in practice we have discrimination that excludes people with foreign names – especially the newly arrived refugees. In Södertälje, we noted that 40 percent of the Iraqi immigrants had a university degree. I think if a few years, when there will be much more general labour shortages, companies will be more interested.”
Södertälje is a municipality with high immigration as such authorities points out that the issue of immigration and integration in the end will becomes a non-issue in a municipality where a large proportion are foreign born or have foreign backgrounds. In fact, here, almost one-third, 32.3 percent of residents were born abroad. Those who are of foreign origin, that is, people who were born in Sweden but has two foreign-born parents, is 12.4 percent.
This is the future of Sweden but already now many skilled Swedish citizens with foreign background have left the country to seek greener pastures aboard, thanks to the EU free movement and work.
The UK has collect many of them who are now doing various things there. In London, the Somalis with Swedish background have made a great difference – they are running phone booth, food shops, bus drivers, and various forms of active duties.
In Sweden these Somalis are classed as useless and relegated to background. Other professionals, especially of African background are also here in the UK in various professionals domains - from medical to teaching, university researchers, and other top jobs in the city and some even have their own businesses in sectors where in Sweden they would never have dreamt of.
Sweden is a great country but it is not a great place for some human races. Places like France, Germans, Holland and the UK stand out as palaces in Europe that can open a small door for immigrants to make a life which they would never have dreamt of in their own countries.
Though not as open as the USA and Canada, the only places on earth where immigrants can make a dream come true, these Europeans are far better than Sweden and if civilisation was to be defined as how people are treated irrespective of their background, races, colour of their skin, etc., then Sweden would not future in the definition of civilisation. Therefore all the talks of changes in the future is just a matter of wait and see. For us here, it will still be the same hot air.
By Scancomark.se Team
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