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A Note on Immigrant Representation in Temporary Agency Work and Self‐employment in Sweden

Pernilla Andersson Joona () and Eskil Wadensjö

LABOUR, 2008, vol. 22, issue 3, 495-507

Abstract: Abstract. This is a note on the immigrant representation in two forms of atypical employment in Sweden: self‐employment and temporary agency work. The employment rate among non‐western immigrants is substantially lower than among natives and using register data for the population in Sweden who were employed in 1999, we find that immigrants are over‐represented in both these forms of atypical employment. Immigrants from Asia are over‐represented in both forms of employment, whereas immigrants from South America are over‐represented among temporary agency workers but underrepresented among the self‐employed. These findings can be interpreted as an indication of that temporary agency work and self‐employment are used as alternatives to regular employment by groups in which unemployment is high.

Date: 2008
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