In Skåne – the southernmost part of Sweden – a fifth of the population is born abroad with roots spreading to a total of 193 countries, all having different backgrounds, experiences, skills and fresh perspectives. Studies investigating integration and diversity effects have shown positive results such as increased competitiveness, creativity, innovation, efficiency and profitability.
The OECD Territorial Review of Skåne in 2012 found that in the long term, migrants are either going to be a burden or an asset. The outcome result is largely determined by how efforts are progressing in relation to work force limitaiton such as discrimination, lack of validation of competence and excluding recruitment processes, i e, factors that directly counteracts Skåne's development and growth. Because of this, the future of Skåne is dependent on that more people actually get the opportunity to choose their profession and get to work and grow within it using their skill sets and competence.
So in short, Skåne's readily available potential is not fully harnessed. Skåne's foreign-born residents is an opportunity for Skåne to manage talent and contribute to higher growth in the future. Better integration processes is a key to Skåne's future development, not the least in the perspective of growth and employment.
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