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[–] BannedByBoards1 [S] 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

Translation: Last year 162,000 people to Sweden to seek asylum. But only a fraction had the permission of the immigration office to work. Even fewer - a total of 494 people - got a job.

In order for a person coming to Sweden to work while waiting for his case, it is required to have a valid identity document, or other means to establish their identity.

If you can do that, have applied for asylum in Sweden, and not been dismissed in previous cases, the Migration Board will examine whether there are opportunities to work before the residence permit is ready.

If all requirements are met to get an exemption from the work permit, the refugee will be granted an "at-und". Yet only a third of the asylum seekers between 20-64 received an at-und last year.

"There's so many people who sought asylum in Sweden, that we might fail to register all so we had to remove prioritize tasks, and that was the question of work", says Lisa Bergstrand Unit at the Migration Board.

Do you think that the Migration Board's information is effective enough to get the asylum seekers themselves to look for work?

"It is difficult to answer, but we do what we have been obliged to do", she says.

The government has proposed that the temporary residence permit should be the main rule for the next three years, and that will increase pressure on the asylum seekers to obtain jobs.

A permanent residence permit can namely be offered when the temporary expires - if the applicant is self-sufficient. The job thus becomes an anchor for the asylum seekers in Sweden.

The long waiting times at the Migration Board, which today can be up to a year, makes it all the more urgent to get to work. But not even the employment service has a special mission to support asylum seekers in search of jobs.

"They can be registered as unemployed but they are only entitled to the basic service, it is about taking advantage of our services on the internet and conversations with advisers. But no program initiatives, that is not education or training", says Fredrik Möller, qualified officers at the unit for integration and the establishment of employment services.