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A Bank wants to break the pattern of racial discrimination in the Swedish job market Seek to recruit more foreign graduates that the current norm

Wednesday, 24 July 2013
It takes something to the neighbourhood of five to seven years before a graduate with a non-Swedish background (skin colour) can attempt to get access to real employment in the Swedish job market. However, for a white Swedish born Swede it take just a few months.  This is institutional racism, which has become the norms of the Swedish jobs market but a Swedish bank, Swedbank is attempting to break the pattern and start increasing the recruitment of groups not very much represented in their places of work.

We have been reporting about the discriminatory nature and the racial profiling of the Swedish jobs market for the three years of existence of this network. We have cried and asked the question if there is a dream in Sweden for any professional properly educated and trained in Sweden but who unfortunately, has been designed by nature to contain a different skin colour.
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Look in various public places in Sweden and is you happen to come from the UK, USA, Canada, or even Denmark or Norway you will be shocked to find that in Sweden skin colour plays a leading role in obtaining a job.

However, we don't know whether our reporting might has contributed to an eye opener of the Swedbank which has now launched a program to give non Swedish born a shot in career. This is even though more attractive to skin colour profiling as, still,  a  white Eastern European recent immigrants are more favoured than the darker skinned Africans who have been living in the country for longer.

The Swedish daily, Dagens Nyehter reports that one of the candidates is 29-year-old Anna Szymik who comes from Poland. He became Swedish through  marrying a Swedish man and moved here 3.5 years ago. She has an MBA and a master's degree in finance and investment. In her native country, she worked in a bank as an advisor and analyst but with the move to Sweden, she became unemployed.

"In the beginning I focused very much on language training. I read both SFI (in short for Swedish for Immigrants) and an intensive course in Swedish for foreign graduates through the city," she says in almost perfect Swedish to the paper.
Anna Szymik tells how it has been difficult with the jobs market. She has searched days but has rarely been called for an interview. She says it is sometimes she has no answer for, and which has pushed her to depression with the strong consideration of returning Poland. This will of course destroy her marriage.

The paper reports that in a briefing on the Employment Service office at Hötorget Anna found an advertisement  about an opportunity to practice at Swedbank. She submitted an application, got an interview, and now has a fixed-term contract in for the back in Stockholm.
Patricia Kempff responsible for employment, education, and inclusion at Swedbank told the Dagens Nyheter that the bank through a partnership with the employment office has recruited foreign academics since 2011. A total of 50 people received internship and practice and in 60 percent of cases resulted in some form of employment.

"There are 36,000 unemployed foreign-born graduates in Sweden. We do not want to miss this expertise," she says to the paper.
A qualitative study carried out by the workers union Saco shows that many foreign scholars in Sweden find it difficult to get information on how to get into employment. The information they receive comes from friends, acquaintances or internet and Saco mean that society can do much more for their convenience.

In Sweden there are around 375,000 foreign-born graduates and the number is increasing every year. Most people with higher education are in the finance and technology sector.

Today about 36,000 foreign-born graduates are unemployed in Sweden. Among those who have jobs, many are not working in their field of study.

On average, it takes 5-7 years for a foreign-born graduates to get a job in Sweden, the workers Union, Saco said  and fees that  foreign graduates are demanding better information on the Swedish labour market.

They also want to have informal information, such as if Swedish coffee break culture and the relationship between employees and managers.
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