More jobs for Immigrants, vows the Swedish gov’t
Swedish centre-right party coalition Alliansen (Alliance) has just released their proposed improvements on immigrant integration, vowing to boost jobs and opportunities for immigrants if they get re-elected in the coming general elections on September 2014.
Alliansen, which consists of the Moderates, Liberals (FP), Centre Party and the Christian Democrats, accused the opposition of ‘lacking policies to increase jobs’ and having an ‘unemployment objective.’ As part of their integration road map, they proposed an 88 million kronor pro-immigration plan that will:
- Increase the number of immigrants with jobs to 5 million by 2020
- Start language studies (Swedish for Immigrants classes) earlier
- Boost the number of ‘refugee guides’
- Improve opportunities for foreigners to get a degree
The propositions were published by Alliansen party leaders Fredrik Reinfeldt (M), Jan Björklund (FP), Annie Lööf (C) and Göran Hägglund (KD) in their pre-election meeting last 4 June. They said ‘All those who can and want to work should have a job. Jobs give us not only a salary, but also colleagues, fika moments and summer vacations.
Göran Hägglund, Jan Björklund, Annie Lööf and Fredrik Reinfeldt of Alliansen
‘They give us skills and development opportunities. The chance to stand on our own feet gives us the security to shape our own everyday lives.’
The government forecast centre Konjunkturinstitutet said that the proposed 5 million employed by 2020 is achievable since it is just 350,000 more of the number confirmed this March.