DO REFUGEES TAKE OUR JOBS?
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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