DO REFUGEES TAKE OUR JOBS?

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GER­MANY SWE­DEN

SPAIN NETHER­LANDS

UK FRANCE

ITALY GREECE POLAND HUN­GARY

com­pany-led in­te­gra­tion schemes, other coun­tries in Eu­rope have launched ini­tia­tives to get refugees into work. In Swe­den—the coun­try that re­ceived more refugees per capita than any­where else in Eu­rope in 2015—the gov­ern­ment’s Fast Track scheme iden­ti­fies em­ploy­ment short­falls and in­ter­views refugees with ap­pro­pri­ate skills in teach­ing, so­cial sci­ence and so­cial work, health and med­i­cal care and cater­ing, then pro­vides lan­guage tu­ition and places them into jobs.

Such pos­i­tive ini­tia­tives are, how­ever, set against a grow­ing in­tol­er­ance fan­ning across Eu­rope in the last year, stoked by pop­ulist politi­cians and the im­pact on pub­lic opin­ion of events such as the A Eu­ro­pean poll asked if “refugees are a bur­den on our coun­try be­cause they take our jobs and so­cial ben­e­fits.” Per­cent­ages show those an­swer­ing ‘yes’.

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