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Refugee employment rate in Sweden 2000-2019, by gender

The employment rates of female and male refugees were close to equal in Sweden in 2018, with 66.9 percent of the female refugees and 68.7 percent of the male refugees being employed. The share of employed male refugees was slightly higher than the overall average employment rate in Sweden in 2018. Furthermore, the share of employed refugees was higher than the overall employed share of the foreign-born population.

Gender comparison to the overall employment rates in Sweden

What is more, the share of female refugees being employed in 2018 was slightly higher than the overall share of women being employed in Sweden that year. The opposite was true for male refugees; the share of employed male refugees in 2018, was slightly lower than the total share of employed men. In general, men tended to be hired in permanent positions more often than women in Sweden.

Employment rate development for refugees in Sweden

The overall share of employed refugees increased continuously since 2000, but the employment rate was not always as equal between male and female refugees in Sweden as forecast for 2019. To give an example, in 2004, only 22.6 percent of female refugees were employed. The number of employed male refugees were almost twice as high this year, at 41.7 percent.

Employment rate of refugees in Sweden from 2000 to 2019, by gender

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Release date

September 2018



Survey time period

2000 to 2018

Age group

20-64 years

Supplementary notes


The word "refugee" in this statistic refers to "refugees and persons in need of protection, or persons who have been granted residence permits due to very difficult personal circumstances, and relatives of persons who belong to any of these categories".

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