Border controls are an obstacle to growth and increase commuters’ journey time by over half an hour every day, which is affecting the labour market in the Öresund region negatively, comments Skåne county council in a report for the government.
Large companies, such as Ikea, view the controls as an obstacle to future growth. They “affect not only journeys across the bridge but delay other rail travel… We need to recruit in Malmö, Helsingborg and Älmhut and recruitment is affected negatively by the checks,” says Sara Paulsson, from Ikea.
Recruitment firms in the Öresund area are preparing for a slowdown. Life science, IT, airlines and a long list of other international companies are among those affected as the journey across the Öresund Bridge transforms from a regular commute to an overseas visit due to newly introduced ID checks. The region’s recruitment firms have positions in Sweden and Denmark but do not now expect many applications from both sides.
“For the 15,000 who commute, longer travel times, nursery runs and other practical details are not going to fit together,” says Per Tryding, vice president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Southern Sweden. He continues, “A larger region means better job matches. Controls now being built into the Öresund region threaten growth.”