Swedish Town Paying Unemployed Youth To Move To Norway
What if the U.S. started paying its unemployed citizens to get jobs in Canada? Far-fetched as it sounds, one Swedish town is more or less doing just that.
In an aim to cope with an unemployment rate of more than 25 percent, the town of Soderhamn, in conjunction with Sweden's national employment office, is paying young unemployed Swedes to look for jobs in neighboring Norway, according to the Daily Telegraph. The “Job Journey” program offers job-hunting guidance and pays for a one month stay at a youth hostel in Oslo. So far, about 100 young Swedes have taken the government up on its offer.
Swedes are not the only ones going to Norway for jobs though. The Norwegian unemployment rate is 2.8 percent and an estimated 25,000 jobs were available as of last January, according to the United Nations Regional Information Centre For Western Europe. The number of Greek, Spanish, and Italian immigrants to Norway is growing steadily, with Norway being described as “the promised land” for unemployed Europeans.