Swedish opposition proposes paying migrants 30% less

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Children Nor, Saleh and Hajaj Fatema from Syria sleep outside the Swedish Migration Board in Marsta, outside Stockholm, 08 January 2016.

Swedish opposition proposes paying migrants 30% less


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Swedish statistics suggest migrants and asylum seekers are overrepresented in unemployment figures. Government and opposition have proposed controversial solutions to address the challenge at hand.

The Swedish government wants to limit low-skilled migration. The center-right opposition in Sweden is now proposing a 70% pay rate for young people up to 23 and migrants who have arrived over the last five years.

The center-right opposition is now proposing a 70% pay rate for young people up to 23 and migrants who have arrived over the last five years.

The employer would also be forgiven from the payroll tax.

People hired under this regime would work for a company for up to three years, but employees would be expected to be training in new skills for 30% of their working time. This would give migrants and youth a maximum salary of €2200 (21,000 SEK) a month, allowing them to enter the job market, Sverige Radio reports.

The proposal is meant as an easy and business-friendly measure to reduce unemployment in these specific segments of the labour market.

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