Kompetensutvisning Baseline Phase 1


The deportation of non-EU citizens with jobs during their application for extending their work permit, i.e. ‘Kompetensutvisning’ was officially added as a new word to the Swedish lexicon in 2017: the deportation of a person who has a competency that is needed in the labor market.

Despite a Supreme Court Ruling trying to fix this issue and the certification of employers with the migration authority, kompetensutvisning continues. In fact, the new government’s agreement clearly states this issue must be fixed.

Kompetensutvisning has received plenty of media attention, but remains unsolved for nearly 4 years. The Diversify Foundation, together with partners, launched the only study that actually asked foreign workers affected by kompetensutvisning what their experiences were.

You can see our non-partisan recommendations to fix this here.


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Interactive graphics by Tyler Wolf

Data analysis by Parlametric - Diversify used numerous open text answers specifically to not guide the respondent. Parlametric’s algorithms for narrative analytics categorizes and find trends in open text data. The quantification is based on a set of identified expressions, resulting in ranking the impact of different factors to establish a trend.

Data was collected by the Diversify Foundation via social media, e-mail lists from our database, and with the Work Permit Holders Association from Jun 2018 to Dec 2018, for anyone affected by kompetensutvisning. In total, 1,495 people took the survey. 575 answers were deemed sufficient. Please keep in mind that many respondents expressed fear of releasing their story, as they are in a situation of risk of deportation. Of these 575 sufficient answers, a total 571 total were qualified and vetted for statistical analysis. Not all questions were mandatory, and others were conditional to previous questions. The below answers reflect percentages on the population as a whole, deemed as qualifying by Parlametric and the Diversify Foundation. We call this set of data a baseline as it is the first study of its kind, and is just beginning to ‘scratch the surface’ of this issue.