The governing Social Democrats are proposing restrictions on migrants from outside of the EU being offered work, with a particular focus on agricultural employment.
However the move, seen as a show of support for blue-collar workers in the country, risks being blocked by the Greens – the Social Democrats’ coalition partners.
Last year nearly 4,000 work permits were granted in Sweden for roles which required little preparatory work or training.
The Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO) is also backing the proposal which aims at putting Swedish citizens first, the Local reports.
Stefan Lofven, the Swedish Prime Minister, told TT: “There are unemployed people in our country who could take these jobs, which don’t require higher education or high levels of qualification.
“It is reasonable that they should get these jobs first.”
Stefan Lofven has said he wants to prioritise Swedish workers in regards to short-term labour
However despite the desire to push through the changes, the Greens are refusing to alter their position on the issue.
Maria Ferm, Green Party spokeswoman, said: “No, we have the same position as before. We think that today's rules are valuable and we are of course working in different ways to improve them, prevent people being exploited and improve processing times.”
A report out this week showed Euroscepticism is rising in Sweden, amid a growing mistrust in the ability of lawmakers to handle the European migrant crisis and its consequences.
Angela Merkel meets with Stefan Lofven in Sweden last month
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UK think tank Demos said data showed Sweden had become the second most Eurosceptic country in the EU.
Figures showed 25 per cent of those surveyed by Demos had said they were keen to leave the EU, while another 32 per cent wanted to see a reduction in Brussels’ influence over Swedes’ lives.
The report states: "In 2016, we conducted cross-national surveys of citizens in France, Germany, Great Britain, Poland, Spain and Sweden, which revealed a widespread sense of precariousness, uncertainty and pessimism, which was most clearly evidenced in public opinion on political trust and the EU, and respondents’ expectations for the future.
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"The the polling found low levels of trust in both EU and national-level governments and political institutions, greater proportions of citizens in each country, with the exception of Spain, expecting things to get worse rather than better for their country and for Europe as a whole.
"Majorities in Britain, France and Sweden and significant minorities in Germany, Poland and Spain want to reduce the EU’s powers or leave it all together."
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