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High immigrant unemployment rate produces social problem in Sweden (2)


09:50, August 13, 2012

A main reason can be the lack of higher education for the immigrants. "It was a test for both teenagers and adults to come from another country not having the same background and education," the Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt told reporters.

The Swedish Minister of Integration Erik Ullenhag also described the situation as "worrying", who emphasized the importance of qualification from school and believed the education system would play a very important role.

Meanwhile, employer's attitude could be another reason accounting for the unemployment among immigrates. "Employers must get used to having people from different backgrounds at work", said Susanne Urban, researcher at Linkoping University.

"We have to see to it that there is no problems of discrimination on the Swedish job market," stressed Reinfeldt.

Apart from unemployment rate, high crime rate among immigrants in Sweden has become another social problem, which has aroused heated discussions in the Swedish society recently.

"It's not because of the immigrants culture. Instead it has much to do with the living situation of the immigrants in Sweden, about whether they can get enough resources for living a steady life," said Jerzy Sarnecki, professor in criminology at Stockholm University.

Discrimination to a certain degree, unemployment and low income could also be the factors. "But there is no evidence to support it's about which country people are from," added Sarnecki.

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