Nearly one in five people living in Sweden was born in a foreign country, newly released statistics have revealed.
According to Statistics Sweden, a government agency responsible for producing official statistics, around 19.1 percent of Sweden’s population, nearly 2,000,000 people, were born outside of the country.
In just twenty years, between 2000 to 2019, the number of first-generation immigrants living in Sweden has increased nearly two-fold, from close to 1 million at the turn of the century. 2018 saw the number of first-generation immigrants grow by 80,000 people, SVT reports.
For many years, the vast majority of those immigrating to Sweden came from its Scandinavian neighbor Finland. However, this is simply not the case anymore. Instead, the largest minority groups now living in Sweden are either Syrian or Iraqi-born.
Today, around 190,000 Iraqi-born immigrants live in Sweden while close to 145,000 Syrian-born migrants call the Scandinavian country their home. Iranians and Poles are also high up on the list of foreign-born immigrants.
Along gender lines, people from Afghanistan and Syria constituted the largest percentage of male immigrants while those from Thailand and Finland constituted the highest percentage of female immigrants.
The highest proportion of first-generation immigrants can be found in the town Botkyrka outside Stockholm, at 42.1 percent. In second, is the city of Haparanda, in Norrbotten County, where 41.6 percent of the city’s population are first-generation immigrants. Meanwhile in Södertälje, also in Stockholm County, first-generation immigrants comprise 40.1 percent of the entire population.
As the negative effects that mass immigration has on Swedish society continues to become increasingly obvious, more and more Swedish voters are supporting policies that restrict migration.
In a recent survey conducted by Pew Research, more than half of Swedes wanted to reduce immigration or totally stop immigration.
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Despite the widespread consequences the country has experienced from taking in large numbers of migrants, immigration into Sweden doesn’t appear to be slowing down at all. According to new statistics from the Migration Board, 89,000 residence permits have been granted by the Swedish government in the first nine months of 2019.
The report says that of the 89,000 residence permits that were issued, 13,000 were given to so-called ‘asylum seekers’, including 3,700 quota refugees, 2,300 to migrants who arrived under the Higher Education Act, and 2,100 to migrants with so-called ‘alternative protection requirements’.
Close to 23,000 residence permits were given to relatives of migrants who are already living in Sweden, while another 34,000 permits were handed out to migrants who’ve come to Sweden to work.
In recent years, the phenomenon known as ‘chain-migration’ has increased significantly in Sweden.
In 2018, 15,400 relatives of immigrants with work permits were granted residence permits in Sweden. A decade, earlier the corresponding figure was just 3,600. Relatives of immigrants now account for 42 per cent of the total labor migration coming from countries outside the EU. A decade ago, the same figure was only 17 percent, Sverige Radio reports.
Similarly to other Western countries, those who’ve obtained work permits in Sweden are able to bring their immediate family to also stay and live in Sweden.
Most of the relatives of Swedish migrants are coming from Iraq and Syria.
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If immigrants continue to pour in at the same rate, the number of residence permits granted by the Swedish government is expected to reach around 120,000 by the end of the year – one of the highest numbers to date.
It should be noted that these figures only included first-time decisions that were granted. Meaning, those who already had temporary residence permits that were granted extensions are not included. If residency permit extensions were added in, the figure would be much larger.
In 2018, 132,696 residence permits were handed out.