While Sweden’s employment rates are some of the highest in Europe, Ylva Johansson, Minister for Employment and Integration, says to mitigate the risk of unemployment rising due to an influx of refugees, the country is focusing its efforts on education reforms and adult education:
“Of course there is a risk of a higher level of Long Term Unemployment. The crucial thing is not the labour market but the educational system because we have quite a high level of the lowest level of the adult population in the labour market because we have been investing in adult education very heavily for many years and we have a very high survey of PIAC – OECD survey on the adult population. We are performing quite well. So this is a challenge.
“People are coming here – some of them without any schooling at all. Especially some women that didn’t have the chance to go to school in their home country because they were girls. And of course that is a challenge – how can we adjust the education system so that these people will be able to catch up to the educational level? So that they will be able to enter the labour market? But of course, we also need to help those who might not be able to catch up with the educational level that is normal in the Swedish labour market – to have stepping stones into the labour market also.”