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India is the number one country of origin of labour migrants in Sweden, reports the Hindu Times, but new opportunities are opening up for migrants from all countries.


Sweden is revising its immigration laws that could provide openings for both high-skilled and low-skilled workers from outside the EU.


The new policy, expected to come in force from December, grants a two-year work permits as opposed the current one year permission.


Stating that migration is a “positive force,” Sweden’s Minister for Migration and Asylum Policy Tobias Billstrom said last week that this was the one of the most significant reforms of immigration policy in several decades to counter the effects of an ageing population.


Elaborating on the new migration rules at a seminar organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Billstrom said that in contrast to existing immigration regulations permitting immigration only for high-skilled jobs the new policy focuses on employers’ demand for high as well as low-skilled workers.


Sweden has a shortage of doctors, nurses, engineers, electricians, IT technicians and welders.


Under the newly proposed rules, employers who are unable to meet their labour needs through recruitment within Sweden or the European Union will be allowed to recruit from any other country. Decisions regarding residence and work permits will be based on employers’ own assessment of the needs.


The Labour Migration Board of Sweden will avoid “social dumping” by examining the terms of employment which should be at par with the existing employees.


The policy will also include the right to family reunification, which means the spouse or the family of the migrant will also have full access to the labour market.


After four years, a permanent residence permit can be granted to those who wish to remain.


At present, the work permit is available only for one year which is extendable to eighteen months.


At a time when most European countries are trying to restrict immigration, this announcement will be good news to migrants all over the world.


The UK is introducing a strict new points-based system this month and has already introduced Work Permit restrictions and changed the rules on Indefinite Leave to Remain.


Meanwhile, nurses are leaving the UK for the USA, Australia and Canada, which is creating a new unofficial shortage in British hospitals and care homes.


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11 Responses to “Migrants can benefit from new Swedish immigration law”
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  1. Malik Amjad says :

    Dear Sir/Madam

    I am british national but I want bring my family from Pakistan to sweden what is the immigration polcy for UK Citizen bring family in sweden

  2. Yes, I can see that. But whilst you may have a ‘good command of the English language’, your chances of getting a Tier 2 work permit as a care giver in the UK are ZERO – at the moment or at least until they run out of care workers and care homes start to close down. Frank Sinatra has more chance of making a comeback! Stick to Italy and try to obtain an Italian passport.

  3. omangu linda says :

    I am a nigerian living in italy,i work as a caregiver here in italy.i did like to know my chances of getting a caregiver job over there in sweden for i ave a good command of english and italian languages,yor advice would be well recieved.

  4. Davaakhuu says :

    I am a Mongolian lady graduated in the South Korea as Masters of Public Health and I am looking for an opportunity of career in Sweden. Am I eligible to apply for an employment including my family? I speak Mongolian, English and Korean. My husband teaches physics and he is an IT too.

  5. Armando says :

    onored sir|madam!
    i’m Albanian,22 years old,im physiotherapist,not employed.i desire to live,work hard,to be a respected man,to create a family in sweden.its possible?

  6. What is your dream?

  7. ogedengbe pamilerin Ayo says :

    dear sir/madam,
    i am a nigerian,basd in nigeria,am 29 years old,married and blessd with a boy,i work for a media house here in nigeria,but i have always loved staying and working in sweden with my family.proffesionaly i am a painter,but i work as a technician for a media house here in nigeria,and i also run a laundary and drycleaning outfit,while my wife is a bsc holder in history and international relations and she also runs fashion house.sir/madam,i shall be glad if you help,to make my dream come true.
    Thank you.

  8. I am a man from Algeria Search for Msttmaren serious for Esttmar in Algeria was Ihmuh it is possible call me and thank you

  9. rupali says :

    dear sir/madam,
    I am a pediatrician practising for 20 years in India.I visited Malmo for a training programme organised by SIDA in lund university.I really liked Sweden.I fell in love with the place.I would like to work in sweden what is the procedure and possibility.
    MBBS,DCH(Diploma Child Health)

  10. dear sir im labour person working in italia last 6 month . i m very much interested to migrate and work in sweden . please let me noe the procedure . i hope for yr coopration. syed nasir abbas shah basic from pakistan now have italian dacuments . plez reply soon as well as . thanx

  11. suresh Pandey says :

    Dear Sir/Madam
    I m an orthopaedic surgeon working in Nepal for last 3 years. I completed my three year postgraduate residential training in orthopaedics from Nepal only. I m very much ineterested to migrate and work in Sweden to pursue my further career. Please let me know the procedure. I hope for yr cooperation.

    Dr Suresh pandey
    MBBS, MS Orthopaedics

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