According to the UN more than 74% of people in "the third world" are educated enough to at least meet the demands of a the swedish gymnasiet. In many countries such as Iran, Egypt, Iraq, the former Yugoslavia and Turkey those numbers are even higher. And you don't think there are political reasons behind the persecution of these assyrians just as any organized persecution or genocide in modern times take a political form before the violence begins? As far as somali refugees goes I thinks its damned weak to claim they cost too much when Sweden takes in 850 somali refugees this year but Ethiopia has taken well over 100 000 refugees. Less then 20% of the worlds refugees enter the "west" the rest are stuck in poorer and/or emerging economies.
1. Do you have a link that documents your claim that 3 quarters of the third world holds a degree equalling 13 years of schooling? Would be an astounding gap since the remaining quarter could not read or write in 2007 according to the UN. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illiteracy
2. Turkey and Yugoslavia are not third world countries. They are first world and second world countries respectively.
3. No I dont think there are political reasons for the persecution of the assyrian christians in Iraq. I think there are religious reasons.
4. I dont think the somalians costs too much. I am just fed up by politicians claiming these wartorn refugees from a sectarian country, where only the elite knows how to read or write, shall be fuel for our economy. And then blame it on systematic racism, when they fail to perform as a group in the job marked. Obviously refugees from the third world are not a group that will outperform native populations in the most stable, highly educated and efficient parts of the world.
4. 850 somalians a year has given you a minority numbering tens of thousands of somalians in Sweden. For every refugee there will also be family reunion of one or more persons from that country, as evident from the tactics of the men to arrive first in order to secure residency before applying for residency for remaining of his family. The number of somalians in Sweden are in fact almost as large as the numbers of norwegians in Sweden, with numbers being respectively 31 000 and 40 500. With the number of norwegians falling and the numbers of somalians growing.
5. Your comparison between Ethiopia, a neighbouring country of 80 million people, with an already existing somali population of 4,5 millions and Sweden, a country on the other side of the world, with no connection to the horn of africa apart from maybe your annually arms export, fails to consider the entire amount of refugees that Sweden has received compared to Ethipia. Take a look at the numbers in percentages of how many refugees Sweden has compared to third world countries of your choice and I think you will both be suprised and find the numbers quite different than the 850/100 000 ratio you choose to describe. Even if dumbed down to an amount of displaced persons living in a country, we are in the west still pulling a far larger share than the third world does in relation to refugees.
In fact, added to the amount of foreign relief, humanitarian and human rights work, the west are the foremost contributor to stem refugee suffering in third world countries, as well as receiving a far higher number of refugees in comparison to our populations, and it honestly pisses me off that you claim otherwise based on either ignorance, anti-western narrow mindedness or pure sheer agenda.
A few areas where there is a shortage of workers in Sweden. Lorry and bus drivers, engineers, technicians, teachers (believe me I know), administrative staff and chefs. At the same way I know perfectly well that there are people in Sweden who can do these jobs but somehow the employer and employee never seems to meet due to how rigid the system seems to be. Which brings me to the next quote...
Sounds like there should be a high demand for people with these qualifications. With the salary increase that will come from the increased demand, I am sure these jobs will be filled fast enough, eh? I simply do not believe that there is a shortage of chefs and teachers in Sweden, its just that the working conditions are so lousy that the people who should be doing these jobs are prefering to do other tasks instead. Same in Norway, where every other teacher leaves for the private sector sooner or later. This is a governmental fault for not taking care of the human resources they have and compensating them properly, while rewarding other educations with ridiculous overpay such as the doctors, while nurses are being educated in numbers equalling 1,5 for each position available, rendering them at the bottom of the wage hierarchy. If the need for labour is real, however, I doubt racism and conservatism is the reason for those jobs not being filled. Not with the laughable amounts of unemployment that Sweden is suffering now. You have 29% unemployment rate among young, and your prime minister states openly the number will not go down. http://www.norden.org/sv/aktuellt/nyheter/...aaste-samordnas
The obsession for finding holistic, ideological or sociological reasons for unemployment comes from the fact that most of our scandinavian "elitê de opinion" are educated within the social sciences themselves. Even the finance ministers of the nordic countries often lack a degree in economics. Their obsession to explain failed fiscal policy with the mindsets of people, comes from their own skewed world view and lack of willingness to look beyond their own pre-formulated arguments that if only everyone had the right "mentality", it would all just work out, putting the blame on their ideological opponents.
I think looking for the cause (and solution) among the mindset of people, dogmatic ideology and a general blame, it on racism attitude, is not what Sweden should do. Your solution lies within the fields of economics, not humaniora.
Its much harder to get those extra exams you need in Sweden or validate your former education against whats required. As far as people becoming angry at that after a while (despite their best efforts) well, wouldn't you be? This also applies to people who already have a swedish education but need to re- educate themselves to meet the demands of the job market. The system is to rigid.
Nokut, the norwegian "approval organ" for foreign educations are notoriously hard and strict to relate to, taking months, if not a year to certify foreign educations. But there is a reason for this. Our own mass murderer Breivik funded his own delusional world with selling false diplomas online. Even the norwegian chief of the statens autorisasjonskontor for helsetjenester, who worked with this very thing, were discovered and fired for having false diplomas from non-existing CV's in 2008.
To answer your question, no; I would not be angry. I simply accept that what constitutes a pedagogical exam in Norway, is not equal to what the americans have decided constitutes a pedagogical exam. It is the same with my politics and history degrees; just because the norwegian department of education qualifies me as a history teacher, does not mean the americans approve of the corriculum we have here (I do not either for that matter). Do you honestly believe that what qualifies as an engineering education in China equal an engineering education in Sweden? Do you think employers who have responsibility to build buildings according to your over regulated legislation share that view?
Yearly several doctors from the third world are fired for having false diplomas, often after endangering lives with their frauds. If certification really is the problem, I assume the foreign work force you are speaking of would readily accept the need for strict control, if informed of the causes.
What one have to realize is that Sweden has the power to attract people, which is a big test of whether a country is more succesfull in its utilization of work force than others. If it is so hard to get jobs matching the ones they want, why do all this brain power; the surgeon janitor and the engineer taxi-driver prefer Sweden over other countries, especially their own?
By that reasoning the US isn't the worlds largest economy either since since the midwest generate less wealth than California does. Besides, that was never my main point. My main point was that it was bad for Alfa Romeo when Italy's federal government used the company to employ the people in the south. The southerners didn't do a bad job in making cars, the problem was that the government hired more people so they could produce more cars then there was a demand for. You ended up with more cars then you could sell and began bleeding money. Africa is industrialized, at least if you mean nations like Ghana, Botswana or South Africa. My point is that Africa is a continent and not a nation. There are huge differences between different nations. Its pointless to lump them together like that.
No, that would not be the consequence of my example. But yes, California is the worlds 8th biggest economy alone. Failure of the southern states economy doest not neccecarily say something about the national economy as a whole. Just because parts of the country is succesfull does not mean all of it is.
Overproduction is only a problem if you control all of the marked, what Alfa failed to do was to capture a larger share of the marked with its abundance of cars.
Perhaps you didn't read what I wrote (or I was unclear). Volvos tech (that includes patents) ages quickly and it won't benefit the chinese owners to acquire tech that is out of date in a few years. If that was what they wanted they could wait until Volvo updates its range of cars and buy the old tech for even less money. They need educated people in order to develop new tech and as well as updating the old. That is the value of Volvo. Volvo wasn't a struggling, soon to be deficit brand. It was doing very well for itself and recovered from the crash of 2008 in a year. Volvo is one of the fastest growing brands in the industry and only had one problem, namely Ford.
Of course it benefits China to purchase current technology; they will apply it unauthorized to their domestic car marked. Volvo is the fastest growing brand because the Chinese are building a factory in China to build 300 000 volvos a year. They will of course not be of european quality and thus the whole brand will go from being a western status vehicle to being an asian middle class vehicle. I'll post you a few links where current commentaries document the expressed concern that Geelys goal is to pirate the volvo patents, among them swedish trade unions.
If Volvo was profitable enough, the previous owner would not sell it of course. If China wanted to build cars, they could just do it at home, where they are the worlds largest car manufacturer, producing more than Japan and USA together. So why Volvo? Because they get the technology and patents without having to develop it themself. http://e24.no/bil/volvo-blir-kinesisk/3584624 http://www.economist.com/node/17463473http://www.thelocal.se/24494/20100120/
Ha ha. How cute you swedes are when you sing this tune. You all seem to lack fundamental knowledge about your own country's demographics... Forgive me for having to educate you about your own country.
According to Eurostat, in 2010, there were 1.33 million foreign-born residents in Sweden, corresponding to 14.3% of the total population. Of these, 859 000 (9.2%) were born outside the EU and 477 000 (5.1%) were born in another EU Member State.
And some 600 000 are refugees or immigrants. The rest either have permanent residentship or full citizenship, or swedes as I call them.
If you claim a foreign born person living in Sweden is not an immigrant, your definition is opposite to everyone elses, including wikipedia, the oxford dictionary, eurostat, the EU and the UN. Good luck defining your own, personal, reality.