By Roy Mabasa
Sweden is poised to become one of the major destinations for professional and skilled Filipino workers who wish to work abroad and bring their families with them.
“One good thing in Sweden for Filipinos to work there, if you get the job as a software engineer, the whole family gets a residence permit and your spouse get automatically work permit,” Swedish Ambassador to Manila Harald Fries told The Manila Bulletin in a recent interview.
The Swedish ambassador explained that this system aims to solve the perennial problem of “disconnect” between family members whenever a Filipino father or mother goes abroad to work.
Once in Sweden, Fries said the whole family becomes part of the extensive Swedish welfare system.
“You can deal with the family life there until you decide to move back,” he said.
There are an estimated 15,000 Filipinos in Sweden today, many of whom went there to marry Swedes.