Is language skills in Swedish the key to success in the labor market for immigrants?

What is the aim of the research project?

The project studies the importance of Swedish language skills for immigrants’ chance of getting a job in the Swedish labor market.

Language skills in Swedish is often emphasized as a key factor for a successful entry into the labor market. Economic theory also says that language skills are an important part of a person's human capital and thus should increase the chance of getting a job.

However, knowledge of these issues is incomplete, and there is a lack of reliable studies on how employers assess a jobseeker's Swedish skills in recruitment decisions.

The project uses an experimental approach to investigate how different levels of knowledge in Swedish affect a foreign-born jobseeker's chance of being recruited for an advertised job.

research team

Magnus Carlsson

Stefan Eriksson

Last modified: 2021-03-16