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“The Most Open System Among OECD Countries” Swedish Regulation of Labour Migration

Catharina Calleman
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  • Faculty of Law, Stockholm University, Sweden
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Published Online: 2015-03-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/njmr-2015-0001


The Swedish legislation on labour migration came into force in 2008, inspired by recommendations of the European Commission. In the regulation, there is a conflict between an employer-governed labour migration with a simplified procedure and protective aims like equal treatment with workers in the country or protection against unemployment. In this article, the author investigates how these aims are balanced against each other, in the regulation, in the regulatory guidelines to migration authorities, in the practical application and in the recent transposition of European Union directives. The author also discusses the consequences of this with regard to the power relation between the employer and the employees.

Keywords: Labour migration; Blue Card Directive; Community/Union preference; Circular migration


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About the article

Received: 2014-03-31

Accepted: 2014-12-19

Published Online: 2015-03-01

Citation Information: Nordic Journal of Migration Research, ISSN (Online) 1799-649X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/njmr-2015-0001. Export Citation

© 2015 Catharina Calleman. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License. (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

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