Chief forecaster of Sweden’s Economic Research Institute, Ylva Hedén Westerdahl, points out that unless more immigrants enter the labour market in Sweden, taxes will have to rise. Sweden has a “rights-based” welfare system, which she calls “generous”, which includes healthcare and education.
Hedén Westerdahl has stressed that it is required for people to contribute to the system otherwise the labourers will have an even greater tax burden.
”It’s serious that we have these differences in the longer perspective. Once you stay out of the labour market for a long time, you are forced to live off benefits, something that leaves a toll on the government finances,” Hedén Westerdahl told news outlet SVT.
Nearly six out of ten of those currently enrolled in the Employment Service are foreign born whilst only 25 percent of Swedish residents have a foreign background. The gap between home-born and foreign-born workers’ ability to obtain work is only growing.
Recently, SVT shared a story of a 35-year-old Kurdish single mother of five who has just taken her first job ever as a cleaner, having been in Sweden for 16 years. They intended it as an example of success for having undergone a ‘tailor-made’ education course. Strong reactions on social media strongly suggest otherwise.
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En kvinna får ett skräddarsydd utbildning för att städa trappuppgångar i sitt område efter 16 år i Sverige. Det som blir mest märkligt är att SVT beskriver det som en framgångssaga. Det är det inte. Det är sorgligt. https://www.svt.se/nyheter/val2018/hennes-livs-forsta-arbetsdag-efter-16-ar-i-sverige …
Hennes livs första arbetsdag efter 16 år i Sverige
Vi besökte henne på hennes livs första arbetsdag. Esma Aksungur, 35-årig kurd från Turkiet som kom till Sverige 2001. Hon har aldrig haft ett jobb – tills nu.
“This is a one odd article. A woman receives tailor-made education to clean up stairs in her area after 16 years in Sweden. What is most strange is that SVT describes it as a success story. It is not. It’s sad,” Twitter user Edward Nordén wrote.
Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson acknowledges the growing problem for labourers who are seeing increasing taxes “Everyone who can work should work, Swedish language skills are thus key to getting on with either work or education”, urging newcomers to learn Swedish as soon as they are able.