Introduction of new arrivals

This policy area deals with creating more opportunities for newly arrived immigrants to quickly find work or begin an educational programme. Every step of the reception process must focus on finding a job. The policy area also includes compensation to municipalities for refugee reception and the reception of unaccompanied refugee minors.

Responsible for introduction of new arrivals

Responsible minister

Ylva Johansson
Ylva Johansson Minister for Employment and Integration

Responsible ministry

News about introduction of new arrivals

  • OECD and Ylva Johansson presented immigrant integration review of Sweden

    Friday, May 13, a seminar was held on the OECD's report Working Together: Skills and Labour Market Integration of Immigrants and their Children in Sweden. The report shows that Sweden has a highly developed and sustainable policy for reception and introduction, but that the large number of asylum seekers who arrived in 2015 has created new challenges. Minister for Employment Ylva Johansson commented on the OECD report’s assessment and recommendations during a press conference earlier today with Stefano Scarpetta, Director for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs at the OECD.

Photo: Ministry of Finance/Government Offices

Ministry of Employment initiatives in the Budget Bill for 2017

In the Budget Bill for 2017, the Government is investing in an active labour market policy for increased employment, strengthened skills supply in elderly care in particular, and improved unemployment insurance for part-time unemployed people. The Government is also intensifying efforts to better enable new arrivals to quickly become established in working and community life. More investments will be made in early measures for asylum seekers and increased resources for the introduction system.

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Fast track - a quicker introduction of newly arrived immigrants

The Government wants newly arrived immigrants in Sweden to quickly find a workplace that is relevant to the individual’s education and experience. At the same time, there is a shortage of labour in many industries; these are now being helped with the provision of skills through the creation of fast tracks by the Swedish Public Employment Service and the industries, to make it easier for newly arrived immigrants to establish themselves in the labour market.

Swedish Minister for Employment, Ylva Johansson, and German Minister of State for Europe, Michael Roth.
Swedish Minister for Employment, Ylva Johansson, and German Minister of State for Europe, Michael Roth. Photo: Jessica Gow/Government Offices

German Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth visited Sweden

On Thursday, 22 October, Germany's Minister of State for Europe, Michael Roth, visited Sweden and had a meeting with the Minister for Employment, Ylva Johansson, and the Minister for Justice and Migration, Morgan Johansson. The aim was to exchange experiences on the occasion of the refugee situation in Europe.

Minister for Employment Ylva Johansson and Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.
Minister for Employment Ylva Johansson and Prime Minister Stefan Löfven presented the '100 club' at a press conference. Photo: Martina Huber/Government Offices

The Government presents the '100 club'

One of our greatest challenges in society is how we can become better at harnessing the skills and experience of people who were born abroad. The current situation demands that the Government, public authorities and companies take new action to identify possibilities for more new arrivals to enter working life. The Government wants to work together with companies that are prepared to employ at least 100 new arrivals to create opportunities based on the conditions and needs of each company.

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