Kompetensutvisning Baseline Phase 1


‘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. Specifically this refers to the deportation of non-EU citizens with jobs when applying for an extension of their permit.

Despite a Supreme Court Ruling in 2017 trying to fix this issue, and the certification of employers with the migration authorit, 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 nearly 4 years on. The Diversify Foundation together with WPHA and other partners, launched the only study that actually asked foreign workers affected by kompetensutvisning what their experiences were.

Diversify is a non-partisan, non-profit organization in Sweden, working for a more inclusive labor market, and dignified employment for all.  Our only recommendations are to stop the threats to both employees and employers who are trying to follow the law, and improve the system, read more - here


Phase 2

Perception: Individual/Rule of Law


What is/was the reason Migrationsverket denied your extension?

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Has the risk of being deported from Sweden affected your health, or the health of family members connected to your visa?

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coming 21 February

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Interactive graphics by Tyler Wolf

Data analysis by Parlametric

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. Of these 575 sufficient answers, a total 571 defined as qualified, and vetted for statistical analysis. Not all questions were mandatory, and others were conditional to previous questions. The above 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.