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Changes in Swedish Labour Immigration Policy: A Slight Revolution?
Department of Politics, University of Oxford .
2009 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

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.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. , 41 p.
SULCIS reports and working papers, ISSN 1654-1189 ; 2009:10
Keyword [en]
Labour immigration, labour market relations, political economy, public policy, Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-118248OAI: diva2:821489
Available from: 2015-06-15 Created: 2015-06-15 Last updated: 2015-06-15

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