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 ministers

Åsa Lindhagen, Minister for Gender Equality, with responsibility for anti-discrimination and anti-segregation
Åsa Lindhagen Minister for Gender Equality, with responsibility for anti-discrimination and anti-segregation
Ylva Johansson Minister for Employment
Ylva Johansson Minister for Employment

Responsible ministry

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  • Government and social partners agree on ‘entry agreements’

    The Government and the social partners have agreed that ‘entry agreements’ should be introduced. The aim is to help newly arrived immigrants and long-term unemployed people to become established in the labour market, and to facilitate future skills provision for employers.

    Government and social partners agree on ‘entry agreements’
  • Media invitation: Ministerial meeting in Södertälje on the role of education and training in labour market establishment

    Media representatives are welcome to take part when EU ministers meet in Södertälje to discuss the role of education and training in challenges facing the labour market. Minister for Upper Secondary School and Adult Education and Training Anna Ekström will host the meeting.

    Media invitation: Ministerial meeting in Södertälje on the role of education and training in labour market establishment
  • Ministry of Employment initiatives in the Budget Bill for 2018

    Everyone who can work should work and contribute to our common welfare. This is why, in the autumn budget, the Government is investing in strengthening labour market measures and the integration of new arrivals. The Government is reforming the system of subsidised employment and introducing a new, uniform supportive measure – introductory jobs. The Government is also strengthening efforts for a sustainable working life by establishing a new agency for work environment awareness and allocating funds for the development of methods to combat unfair competition. Moreover, the Government is investing in measures to continue creating a sustainable reception system and ensuring the effective integration of newly arrived immigrants. The paths to employment will be strengthened through a new regulatory framework for Arbetsförmedlingen (the Swedish public employment service) on the integration of new arrivals and the introduction of an education and training obligation. The Budget Bill for 2018 is based on an agreement between the Government and the Left Party.

    Ministry of Employment initiatives in the Budget Bill for 2018
  • The Government helps municipalities place unaccompanied minors

    Young boy studying in a classrum.

    The reception of large numbers of unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in 2015 involved a considerable undertaking on the part of the municipalities to achieve a good long-term system of reception in which account is taken of children’s rights. Although the number of unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in Sweden has decreased, Sweden will probably receive a large number of unaccompanied girls and boys in coming years too.

    The Government helps municipalities place unaccompanied minors
  • Ministry of Employment initiatives in the Budget Bill for 2017

    In the autumn budget, 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. The Government also intends to introduce a new compensation system for the reception of unaccompanied minors and young people. The Budget Bill for 2017 is based on an agreement between the Government and the Left Party.

    Ministry of Employment initiatives in the Budget Bill for 2017
  • Continued efforts for a Sweden that stands together – Government to invest SEK 132 million

    The Government is mobilising efforts to foster an open and democratic society. Initiatives within the framework of ‘a Sweden that stands together’ were presented in the 2016 Spring Fiscal Policy Bill. This work will continue with additional initiatives for a society with open meeting places, more local cultural activities and an enhanced civil society, as well as measures against discrimination, extremism, threats and hate. A total of SEK 132 million is being committed in the Budget Bill for 2017 and the autumn amending budget for 2016. The initiatives are included in the Budget Bill for 2017 and the autumn amending budget for 2016, which are based on an agreement between the government parties and the Left Party.

    Continued efforts for a Sweden that stands together – Government to invest SEK 132 million
  • Ylva Johansson invited to speak at University of Oxford

    On Wednesday 7 September, Minister for Employment and Integration Ylva Johansson will be in the UK to take part in a conference on challenges and opportunities in the area of migration. The conference is being organised by the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society at the University of Oxford.

    Ylva Johansson invited to speak at University of Oxford
  • 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.

    Fast track - a quicker introduction of newly arrived immigrants
  • OECD: Sweden on the right track to better introduction of new arrivals

    Today, the OECD presented its report Working Together: Skills and Labour Market Integration of Immigrants and their Children in Sweden on integration in the Swedish labour market and in Swedish society. 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.

    OECD: Sweden on the right track to better introduction of new arrivals
  • OECD and Ylva Johansson to present labour market integration report

    At a press conference on Friday 13 May at Rosenbad, the OECD will present its report on integration in the Swedish labour market, Working Together: Skills and Labour Market Integration of Immigrants and their Children in Sweden. Minister for Employment Ylva Johansson will comment on the OECD report’s assessment and recommendations. Stefano Scarpetta, Director for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs at the OECD, will also take part in the press conference.

    OECD and Ylva Johansson to present labour market integration report