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More low-paid jobs for refugees proposed

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Liberal Party's Integration and Gender Equality Minister Nyamko Sabuni in July
08:21 CEST+02:00
Tighter rules on parental leave for the foreign-born and more simple and low-paid jobs will increase the chances for refugees to quickly find work and integrate into society, Integration and Gender Equality Minister Nyamko Sabuni said on Monday.

The proposals are outlined in Sabuni's new book "The New Sweden" (Det nya Sverige), which will be released on Tuesday.

"It is extremely important that we are a bit unconventional if we are to succeed," she told Svenska Dagbladet on Monday.

In her book, she suggests the idea of linking the amount of parental leave allotted with when a foreign-born child arrives in Sweden: the older the child, the shorter the amount of time off.

Sabuni believes that it is unfair that parents are entitled to 16 months of parental leave even if the child is four or five when he or she arrives in Sweden. She sees it as an obstacle for women to enter the workforce.

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She wants a low-wage sector for foreign-born workers with little education and training. She said that there is a difference between a well paid job and one that is poorly paid. However, the difference between having and not having a job is much greater, she added.

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