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‘Who wants to come to a country that signals you’re not welcome?’

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‘Who wants to come to a country that signals you’re not welcome?’
Catharina Bildt Grape. Photo: Företagarna

In this episode of Sweden in Focus Extra we chat about the government's new plans to tighten labour migration with Catharina Bildt Grape, an expert on migration, integration and labour market issues at the Swedish Federation of Business Owners (Företagarna).


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Host Paul O’Mahony is joined by Catharina Bildt Grape to talk about plans to raise the income requirement for work permit applicants to more than 34,000 kronor per month.  

They discuss: 

  • How companies are reacting to the plans 
  • How Företagarna intends to respond
  • Was the old system too liberal?
  • How will the new three-stage process work? The employment service will draw up a list of professions that should be exempted; the Migration Agency will change the lists if necessary; the government gives final approval. 
  • How wide-ranging will the exemptions be?
  • How likely is it that groups like Företagarna can convince the government to change its plans? 
  • What impact will the proposed system have on Sweden's competitiveness?
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