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Labour Migration, Trade Unions and Employers

LABOUR MIGRATION FROM NON-EU COUNTRIES TO THE RESTAURANT AND CLEANING INDUSTRIES
Funded by the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research, 2013-2015

The aim of the project is to analyse the consequences of the radical reform of labour immigration to Sweden with regard to third-country nationals from non-EU countries, introduced in 2008. Until this time, the Employment Agency and the trade unions had a great deal of influence over the inflow of labour immigrants.

The reform introduced a ”demand-driven” model of labour immigration from third country, providing Swedish employers the right to unilaterally decide whether or not labour immigrants are needed, provided that pay and working conditions are in accordance with the collective agreements or the praxis within the industry. With this reform Sweden left a very restrictive system of labour migration and adopted one of the most liberal within the OECD.

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Researchers on the project

Department of Sociology
Lund University
Visiting address: Paradisgatan 5, House G, Lund
Postal address: Box 114 , SE-221 00 LUND, SWEDEN
Telephone: +46 46-222 00 00 (växel) +46 46-222 88 44, +46 46-222 88 13 (sociology and social anthropology) +46 46-222 87 38 (education)

Faculty of Social Sciences