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KD wants to test the need for labor immigration - for wages below 35,000

2020-02-07T12:55:57.172Z

KD is now entering the debate on the rules for labor immigration. The party wants an authority to once again test the need for labor immigration. They also want to see a salary floor of SEK 35,000.



The Christian Democrats are presenting two proposals for changed rules for labor migration in Sweden: firstly, a trade test, where an authority reviews the need for labor outside the EU, and partly to raise the salary floor to SEK 35,000, with livelihood responsibility for those who come here to work.

This is stated by Hans Eklind (KD), Member of Parliament and member of the Social Insurance Committee, in an interview with SVT News on Friday.

- We have anchored today in the party board an attitude in labor immigration. We want to put an end to the abuse, but still ensure that Sweden receives the necessary skills from foreign workers who can make efforts here in Sweden, says Hans Eklind.

"For jobs that generate less than SEK 35,000 a month, a business test must be done to establish that it is about the actual shortages," KD writes to SVT News.

Among the shortcomings are seasonal work as well as health care as a nurse and examiner.

For jobs with salaries above SEK 35,000, KD wants free labor immigration.

The examination must be done by an authority, such as the Public Employment Service, the party states.

Several parties want to investigate

The rules on labor immigration have been widely debated this week.

On Wednesday, the announcement came that the government wants to tighten up labor immigration, and will set up an inquiry into changed rules. The initiative is supported by the Liberals and the Center Party.

Just two days earlier, the Moderates came out with an action program on stricter rules.

New rules from 2008

It was in December 2008 that Sweden adopted new rules on labor immigration, a decision taken by the then Alliance-led government - which included the Christian Democrats.

The authority-based labor market review was then abandoned, which was based on the fact that the Swedish Employment Service was investigating the need to recruit labor outside the EU. Today, it is up to the employer to make that assessment.

The text is updated.

Source: svt

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