With an employment rate for non-EU citizens of just 50.2 percent, Sweden ranks among the very worst in the EU.
Indeed, only Belgium at 39.9 percent, Greece at 49.7 percent, Spain at 50 percent, and France at 48.6 percent were worse.
But compared with Sweden’s soaring employment rate for nationals of 81.3 percent – the highest in the EU – the gap between employed nationals and non-EU nationals is larger in Sweden than anywhere else in the EU.
The difference, -31.1 percentage points, was greater than that in Belgium at -28.8, the Netherlands at -26.8, and France at -22.0.
Sixty-one percent of Sweden’s foreign population was employed in 2013, Eurostat noted, with EU citizens (at 75.5 percent employed) faring better than the non-EU citizens by over 25 percentage points, TheLocal.se reports.
Elsewhere in the EU, the unemployment rate across all 28 countries for non-EU citizens (21.3 percent for those aged 20-64) was more than twice that recorded for citizens of the reported country (10 percent), TheLocal.se reports.