In 2008, Sweden undertook a thorough reform of its labour immigration system, that aimed to create a one-size-fits-all system for all kind of labour immigration. The goal was the creation of an employer-driven system that would be able to respond flexibly to ever-changing needs on the labour market, while protecting the rights of migrant workers. However this reform not only has had a negative impact on waiting times and bureaucracy, but it has led to an increase of low-skilled labour migrants in fields where there is already a surplus of labour. Furthermore, it has curtailed the role of the state, that no longer is called to identify, recruit and relocate attractive labour to Sweden, and it has led to an increase of abuse of labour conditions. This paper by Lisa Pelling aims to investigate the main features of this reform and draw some recommendations for the future for the EU as a whole.
Dive into the insightful analysis published in IPS Journal by Tom Theuns, Assist. Prof at Leiden University, and László Andor, FEPS Secretary General, examining the Dutch election results and the conclusions that need to be drawn for a successful EU Integration
Is it time to turn down the volume on the migration debate?
by IPS Journal 13/11/2023
IPS Journal article about FEPS policy briefs 'Communicating on migration'
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