Botkyrka (Sweden)


A City’s good practice towards the elimination of discrimination

The City of Botkyrka promotes equal opportunities in the labour market through its participation in a programme called Matching Sodertorn. Matching Sodertorn is an organisation that works with foreign-born job seekers in Botkyrka to enhance their profiles and in that way enables them to find work quickly. The organisation offers support for up to six months and sees about 60% of its clients continue on to work, study or participate in other labour market programmes. The organisation serves as a network for employers and jobseekers in the area. It simplifies the interaction among partners in order to achieve a better match between staff requirements of industrial and public activities and a competence-developed labour force.

The Matching Sodertorn programme is a good example of how a city can promote equity in the labour market, because it addresses two of the leading challenges faced by newcomers. First, the programme assists participants in gaining the knowledge and skills necessary to market themselves as potential employees. Second, the programme offers participants the opportunity to network with potential employers. The city is uniquely positioned to engage in networks of actors and this programme highlights how it can be undertaken in the context of employment.

City Information
Botkyrka has a population of  around 82.000 people (as for 2010). It also has one of the highest percentages of first and second generation immigrants in Sweden. Nearly half the population has at least one parent born in another country. The municipality serves as a home to several world-known companies.

Botkyrka has been a member of the European Coalition of Cities against Racism since February 2008.

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