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Factsheet for measure SE-2022-15/3141 – measures in Sweden

Switch to Sweden: matching international talent

Switch to Sweden – match making program för ukrainare

Country Sweden , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 03 April 2022
Context War in Ukraine
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery into a green future
– Active labour market policies (enhancing employability, training, subsidised job creation, etc.)
Author Anna-Karin Gustafsson (Oxford Research) and Eurofound
Measure added 01 March 2023 (updated 24 April 2023)

Background information

The Switch to Sweden programme is about matching international talent with Swedish employers. The programme is funded by the national innovation authority Vinnova. One of the activities that the programme has undertaken is to develop an AI-based tool to match international candidates with Swedish knowledge-intensive technology companies. A special activity has been dedicated to Ukrainians.

Content of measure

The target groups for the project are Swedish companies and non-Swedish employees who are looking for work in knowledge-intensive companies. Further, the matchmaking programme is mostly aimed at finding talent in the tech industry. Thus, software developers are most in demand. The matchmaking programme utilises an AI-based tool that matches companies and employees from a database. The employees that score the highest in the matching process, based on the company's needs and the employees’ skills, will be invited to a meeting.

The Swedish innovation authority Vinnova has provided a grant of SEK 8 million to the programme coordinator, Ideon Science Park.

In the spring of 2022, a matchmaking activity where Ukrainians are gathered and matched with Swedish employers was developed within the framework of the Switch to Sweden programme.

Use of measure

By 22 April 2022, 142 technology companies had registered their interest in the matchmaking activity programme for Ukrainians just three weeks after the launch. According to the project manager, the number is steadily increasing. The programme has seen a registration of 102 Ukrainian job applicants.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Migrants or refugees in employment
Other businesses
Migrants or refugees

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Company / Companies
Public support service providers
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown


No information available.

Views and reactions

No information available.


  • 31 March 2022: Ukraine Talent Matchmaking (
  • 22 April 2022: How Ukrainians will get top jobs at record speed - 142 tech companies in line (Så ska ukrainare få toppjobb i rekordfart – 142 techbolag i kö) (


Eurofound (2023), Switch to Sweden: matching international talent, measure SE-2022-15/3141 (measures in Sweden), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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