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Statistical news from Statistics Sweden

2010-06-11 9:30 AM Nr 2010:166

Integration - analysis:

Considerable regional differences in employment among foreign born persons

The percentage of employed persons among foreign born persons varies among the different parts of Sweden considerably more than for Swedish born persons. In many FA regions (functional analysis regions) the difference in the percentage of employed persons among Swedish born and foreign born persons is more than 30 percentage points.

Vimmerby, Söderhamn and Blekinge are examples of FA regions where the differences are considerable. In Pajala, Gällivare and Kiruna however, differences in employment are relatively small, 15 percentage points.
In the metropolitan regions where many new immigrants have resided, the percentage of employed persons in 2008 was 58 percent among foreign born persons and 82 percent among Swedish born persons.

New immigrants in Värnamo and Kiruna are employed to a greater extent than in other regions

Foreign born persons who had been in Sweden a short time, less than five years, had a low level of employment. Among those persons, there are considerable variations in different parts of the country. Kiruna (52 percent), Gällivare (48 percent) and Värnamo (47 percent) are regions with a relatively high percentage of employed persons in this group. At the same time, the level of employment among foreign born persons on the whole is highest in these regions. The percentage of employed persons who have lived in Sweden a short time is somewhat higher in Stockholm then in Gothenburg and Malmö.

Six out of ten foreign born persons live in metropolitan region

Haparanda is the region with the largest percentage of foreign born persons, close to 40 percent. Because the region is near the border of Finland, nearly all foreign born persons in Haparanda are from Finland. However, most of the foreign born persons, six out of ten, live in the metropolitan regions and a large percentage of these persons are from countries outside of Europe.
There are considerably more foreign born women than men in many smaller regions where there is a significant shortage of women among Swedish born persons. In smaller regions it is common that many persons born outside of Europe come from Thailand.

Percentage of employed persons aged 20-64 in FA regions, 2008

Source: STATIV Database, Statistics Sweden


A new report from Statistics Sweden presents a study on integration from a regional perspective. Here you can read more about demography, education, employment and income among foreign born and Swedish born persons in different parts of Sweden. Further, the report uses the classification of Sweden's municipalities into 72 FA regions (functional analysis regions) from the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth). Read more in the report Integration - a regional perspective


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