SULCIS Working Papers, Stockholm University Linnaeus Center for Integration Studies - SULCIS
Changes in Swedish Labour Immigration Policy: A Slight Revolution?
Abstract: This paper examines changes in Swedish labour immigration
policy from early 2000s, but particular attention is paid to recent
changes. The new Immigration Law of 2008 liberalised immigration policy and
made it more employer-driven. These changes are called by some as ‘slight
revolution’. The paper analyses the preferences of three main actors
(native high-skilled labour, native low-skilled labour and capital), the
coalitions built between them and the institutional constraints in order to
explain labour immigration changes. It draws on the examination of media
coverage, elite interviews, and labour relations and political
representation literature. The paper also provides a first evaluation of
the new immigration policy.
Keywords: Labour immigration; labour market relations; political economy; public policy; Sweden; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: F50; J50; J60; (follow links to similar papers)
43 pages, October 28, 2009
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