The mentorship schemes helping foreign job seekers navigate life in Sweden
Author: Alexander Maxia
This article is part of Changing the Narrative. Articles in this series are written by student or early career journalists who took part in The Local’s training course on solutions-focused migration reporting. Find out more about the project here.
Thousands of migrants have moved to Sweden in recent years, but questions have been raised about balancing this with integration in the job market and society. A mentorship scheme with a focus on work could be a way to bridge the gap between locals and newly arrived foreigners.
An ever more globalised society has brought an increase in mobility across borders; people relocating to new countries for a series of reasons that nonetheless share the necessity of finding a job and integrating into their new country of residence.
Creating a network is important in finding work opportunities: Stockholm’s municipality therefore runs a mentorship project to help newly arrived connect with locals with the goal of helping them integrate into the job market.