Feb 10 2013
The Swedish Public Employment Service is in the initial phases of opening an office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to prepare Somali Muslims immigrating to Sweden in advance of their arrival, reports Swedish Radio news.
(That’s right, prepare the Somali parasites on how to avail themselves of Sweden’s overly generous welfare benefits for them and their large families which will increase substantially after they are settled into public housing funded by Swedish taxpayers)
The Local & Swedish Radio The purpose of the pilot project is to assist Somalis who have received a Swedish residence permit on family reunification grounds but who have not yet arrived in Sweden.
In 2012, a Swedish Migration Court decision opened the door for MANY Somalis to join family members who have permission to stay in Sweden. The Swedish embassy in Addis Ababa processes these applications.
By mapping out the educational and employment backgrounds of job-seekers, the employment service hopes the pilot project can save time by identifying appropriate courses for these Somalis to take once they reach Sweden, or even possible employers to offer them work.
Mattias Wahlsten, a coordinator at the employment service, tells Swedish Radio News that, above all, they want to communicate to these people that when they come to Sweden, they can get help from the employment service, which offers an introduction program for two years.
In May 2012 the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket) estimated that around 23,000 Somalis with relatives in Sweden would apply to join them under the new rules. But figures released this month showed that few have taken up the offer. So far, ONLY about 12,000 Somalis have applied, and while a third of the applicants have been given permission to stay, only 1,000 have actually come to Sweden.
Most of the rest are waiting in Addis Ababa, where the Swedish embassy is located. Somali organizations in Sweden have been suggesting that, like other countries, Swedish authorities should open offices in the places where Somalis are waiting to leave.
As of November, Somalis were the fastest growing immigrant group in Sweden, but only one in five has found work. (Gee, what a surprise!)