A branch of Arbetsförmedlingen in Norrköping, south of Sweden. Photo: Yvonne Åsell/SvD/TT
However, other research, including a key report by banking giant Nordea has estimated that Sweden's record intake of refugees could boost the country's GDP in the next few years, with those who do manage to land a job helping to plug skills gaps on the Swedish labour market.
Johansson told The Local Voices that Sweden's government was working on a range of initiatives designed to improve employment prospects for foreigners.
“Our goal is be able to handle all these challenges and ensure that, when we are faced with all of this, we make sure we have a strategic vision to ultimately build a stronger Sweden by avoiding segregation and avoiding having gaps grow between groups of people,” she said.
“We want to push this issue higher on the agenda and make the right decisions for the future of the country.”