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Highly-Educated Immigrants in Sweden

Al-Atassi, Yazeed LU and Alebiary, Ismail LU (2017) MGTN59 20171
Department of Business Administration
Abstract
Purpose: The purpose of this thesis is to provide the reader with insights regarding what Syrian highly-educated immigrants (HEI) in Sweden think are the underlying prerequisites and actions needed to facilitate their entrance into the Swedish job market.
Key Research Question: What are the key requirements needed to expedite the employment of HEI in the Swedish job market, and take up relevant jobs within the scope of their studies, as perceived by Syrian HEI?

Methodology: Using a mixed-method to collect quantitative and qualitative data from Syrian HEI by using: 1) a survey and 2) a series of semi-structured interviews.

Key Findings: According to HEI:
• The employer’s low perception of their qualifications poses the biggest... (More)
Purpose: The purpose of this thesis is to provide the reader with insights regarding what Syrian highly-educated immigrants (HEI) in Sweden think are the underlying prerequisites and actions needed to facilitate their entrance into the Swedish job market.
Key Research Question: What are the key requirements needed to expedite the employment of HEI in the Swedish job market, and take up relevant jobs within the scope of their studies, as perceived by Syrian HEI?

Methodology: Using a mixed-method to collect quantitative and qualitative data from Syrian HEI by using: 1) a survey and 2) a series of semi-structured interviews.

Key Findings: According to HEI:
• The employer’s low perception of their qualifications poses the biggest employment challenge.
• Discrimination is among the least challenging aspects to their employment.
• Swedish language fluency is important, but it is not a decisive factor.
• Good personality traits such as being persistent, responsible, and goal-oriented as well as having positive attitude and self-confidence, are the most important prerequisites for HEI’s employment in Sweden.
• Job training is a valuable requirement that bridges the gap between HEI and employers and accounts for references which increases employability.
• Networking increases the likelihood of HEI getting employed and provides them with references.
• Prior experience, specifically in Sweden, is highly valued by employers.
• The recognition of qualifications and granting of work licenses is a key requirement for HEI with regulated professions, especially medical degree holders.
• There is a sign of a variation in the perception of HEI based on their employment status. Employed HEI in Sweden emphasized on requirements relating to personal efforts, and non-previously employed emphasized on requirements relating to external entities.

Practical implication: This study raises the awareness of the stakeholders regarding the perceptions and expectations of the HEI. Additionally, it provides relevant insights from HEI’s perspective, which could be augmented into the design of programs that aim to facilitate their employment and overcome the challenges relating to their integration into the job market. (Less)
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author
Al-Atassi, Yazeed LU and Alebiary, Ismail LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
A Study of the Perception of HEI from Syria on Prerequisites to Enter the Swedish Job Market
course
MGTN59 20171
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Swedish job market, Syrian immigrants, highly-educated immigrants, employment of immigrants, Swedish Public Employment Service, Arbetsförmedlingen
language
English
id
8915224
date added to LUP
2017-06-15 12:11:20
date last changed
2017-06-15 12:11:20
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Key Research Question: What are the key requirements needed to expedite the employment of HEI in the Swedish job market, and take up relevant jobs within the scope of their studies, as perceived by Syrian HEI?

Methodology: Using a mixed-method to collect quantitative and qualitative data from Syrian HEI by using: 1) a survey and 2) a series of semi-structured interviews.

Key Findings: According to HEI:
• The employer’s low perception of their qualifications poses the biggest employment challenge.
• Discrimination is among the least challenging aspects to their employment.
• Swedish language fluency is important, but it is not a decisive factor.
• Good personality traits such as being persistent, responsible, and goal-oriented as well as having positive attitude and self-confidence, are the most important prerequisites for HEI’s employment in Sweden.
• Job training is a valuable requirement that bridges the gap between HEI and employers and accounts for references which increases employability.
• Networking increases the likelihood of HEI getting employed and provides them with references.
• Prior experience, specifically in Sweden, is highly valued by employers.
• The recognition of qualifications and granting of work licenses is a key requirement for HEI with regulated professions, especially medical degree holders.
• There is a sign of a variation in the perception of HEI based on their employment status. Employed HEI in Sweden emphasized on requirements relating to personal efforts, and non-previously employed emphasized on requirements relating to external entities.

Practical implication: This study raises the awareness of the stakeholders regarding the perceptions and expectations of the HEI. Additionally, it provides relevant insights from HEI’s perspective, which could be augmented into the design of programs that aim to facilitate their employment and overcome the challenges relating to their integration into the job market.},
  author       = {Al-Atassi, Yazeed and Alebiary, Ismail},
  keyword      = {Swedish job market,Syrian immigrants,highly-educated immigrants,employment of immigrants,Swedish Public Employment Service,Arbetsförmedlingen},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Highly-Educated Immigrants in Sweden},
  year         = {2017},
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