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Swedish government assault
on benefits claimants – claimants urged to move to places where the
jobs are or benefits risked stopped
Sunday, 27 May 2012
Swedish government is under enormous pressure right now and it wants to
do something which will either be popular or continue to dig the hole
it already is in. For a government that has been accused of not
creating jobs for more that it’s six year in control of the economy,
the government is now desperate to so something that can help reduce
the unemployment rate even if it does not mean creating new jobs.
The focus bizarrely is on newly arrived immigrants even though third
and forth generation Swedish citizens from immigrant families still
have it hard to get into the Swedish job market.
Newcomers to the country are mostly on benefits given the way the
Swedish job market is structured The Swedish job market is extremely
structurally discriminatory in terms of race and if one speaks Swedish,
the market will discriminate you in terms of your accent. Only
exceptionally world class skills can be tolerated in English language.
But no with such skills will be migrating to Sweden anyway. So new
comers who try to speak the language with an accent will be repudiated
from the jobs market as such they will start living on the Swedish
benefits handouts as soon as they get into the country.
So since the government feels that the high rate of unemployment in the
country which is more among black and brown skin colour people who
speak tectonic languages or have an un- Swedish accent, is cause by
people not being mobile to places where there are jobs, Integration
Minister Erik Ullenhag (People’s Party) has said that people who
declines a job elsewhere in the country will have their benefits
reduced or might even be stopped.
Erik Ullenhag said that "It is important that we are clear that if you
have a replacement from the community you also have a responsibility to
accept the offered job."
Stricter requirements are integration minister's recipe for attracting more newcomers to Sweden into the workplace.
According to a new proposal being prepared, the government through the
state’s employment services will make jobs offers in other parts of the
country where there are lack of skills. Language training will be
provided and housing. Any jobseeker, new immigrant who rejects the
proposal will see their benefits cuts. Erik Ullenhag would not want to
abolish the law on independent living for asylum-seekers, which allows
refugees to choose their place of residence. But he wants to "create
tools" to control the settlement.
“You should of course be able to say no to a job offer elsewhere, but
there will be consequences. You have a responsibility to help yourself
to get into the job market and must be in the position to be ready to
move were the jobs are,” says Erik Ullenhag.
The reduction shall be implemented as soon as one turned down the job
the first time, according Ullenhag. How much money or percentage
reduction to take effect remains unclear.
“It's something that we look at in front of our integration strategy
and budget in the fall. My intention is for us to get a rule change
that are very clear, but exactly on time, when this will be completed,
is too early to say today. So for details we will come back to later,”
the minister said.
Henrik Nilsson, coordinator of the Red Cross, said their organization
generally supports that the same rules and opportunities must be
applied to people born in Sweden as for the new arrivals, and thus also
their responsibility to have that job.
The Red Cross is critical of the establishment’s reform as it tend to
place all responsibility on the immigrant, but to simultaneously not
invest more resources that for them to enter the labour market, which
is really the biggest problem.
“The reform wants to provide incentives for individuals to get jobs,
and that will be interpreted as meaning that individual are not doing
enough themselves to get a job, but must be pushed. However, I have not
met a single immigrant, asylum seekers, who do not have jobs at the top
of their wish list. We believe rather that it is the structural
discrimination in the labour market which is the major problem, which
resources should be invested to tackle,” said Henrik Nilsson.
The desperate government’s reform has not been without criticism. In
November, Swedish media reported about how rule changes in the so
called integration policy caused a clot in the system. It takes too
long to find housing in a community and the opportunity to get a job.
Instead new arrivals were piloted to various appropriate municipalities
where they have been left on the immigration holding centres, resulting
By Scancomark.se Team
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