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The role of the employer in foreign-born worker integration

Conference contribution
Authors Ola Bergström
Vedran Omanović
Published in EURAM-conferance. (Portugal, June 2019).
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Business Administration
Department of Business Administration, Management & Organisation
Language en
Keywords employers, integration, ethnic minorities, foreign-born workers
Subject categories Business Administration


Integration of refugees in the society is one of the main problems in Europe in recent decades, accentuated by the refugee crisis in 2015. Sweden was one of the European countries that received the most refugees per capita. One of the key challenges of integration is to facilitate the entry of new arrivals in the labour market. Policy makers across Europe therefore often call for the involvement of employers to solve these problems and labour market authorities initiate various incentive schemes aiming at stimulating employers to create jobs and facilitate foreign-born workers’ entry in the labour market. However, the role of employers in facilitating entry of new arrivals in the labour market is not only unclear it also includes several problems related to the independence of firms in relation to government policies. This paper aims at providing a better understanding of how firm HR strategies both inhibit and facilitate the entry of new arrivals in the labour market. It does so by investigating the way firms in the Swedish retail industry contributes to the entry of foreign born workers in the workplace.

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