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December 16, 2008

Sweden Bucks Trend on Immigrant Labor

An Open Invitation While Other Nations Guard Their Jobs

By JOEL SHERWOOD

STOCKHOLM -- Sweden is bucking the immigration trend in Europe by opening its labor market to foreign workers of all skill levels without quotas, despite an economic recession and rising unemployment.

Sweden's approach goes beyond the more cautious trend in Europe and most other developed economies, which generally seek to attract a limited number of highly skilled workers. Britain, for example, recently announced a new points system for assessing would-be immigrants. That system streamlines old immigration channels but raises higher hurdles for all but the most highly skilled immigrants from outside the European Union.

On Monday, Sweden begins implementing new rules that will give companies greater ability to recruit the foreigners they want to employ. The government hopes the new regulations will help the country deal with labor shortages in the near term and also support an aging population further down the line.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122930305858705515.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

Posted by VisaLawyer at December 16, 2008 08:22 AM

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