Sweden Offers Free Programs to Migrants as Pensioners Suffer…


Oskarshamn Municipality in Kalmar County will give immigrant women free driving and theory lessons to make it easier for them to enter the labour market.

As part of the "Here we go" project, the lessons are given in Arabic and are geared specifically toward women from the Middle East, national broadcaster SVT reported.

The women will also learn how the Swedish labour market works. For this purpose, the municipality has been granted SEK 378,000 ($38,000) from the county administrative board to be able to pay for driving licenses for immigrant women.

"What we have seen is that the newly arrived women are farther from obtaining a driving license and entering the labour market. Therefore, it feels extra important to help this group", Pamela Campusano, labour market supervisor at Oskarshamn Municipality, told SVT.

According to her, the project has "exceeded expectations". She described the group as "committed, motivated, and really taking responsibility for acquiring the knowledge".

This past autumn, the very same Oskarshamn Municipality announced that three homes for the elderly will be closed down as part of an effort to save a total of SEK 50 million ($5.4 million). Over the next two years, another SEK 30 million ($3.2 million) will be saved, SVT reported.

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