Rules on foreign workers ‘to be relaxed’

A government inquiry is to propose making it easier for non-EU citizens to come to Sweden and work.

The inquiry, which is due to deliver its findings in the autumn, will say that people from outside the EU should be able to come to Sweden for three months to look for work, Swedish Radio has reported.

Additionally, it is expected to propose a system which will make it easier for people with skills in certain key areas in which Sweden has a labour shortage to get a work permit. Exactly which sectors to include in this category would be decided by the Swedish Labour Market Administration in consultation with the unions and employers organizations.

Those who come to Sweden for three months to look for work will need to prove that they can support themselves during that period.

The proposal is likely to be supported by the Social Democrats, the Left Party and the Liberals, according to Swedish Radio.