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Sweden: Immigration Politics in an Advanced Welfare State
Sweden: Immigration Politics in an Advanced Welfare State
Introduction

The regular ‘Transatlantic Trends’ survey of public opinion on immigration in Europe and North America consistently shows Sweden to be one of Europe’s most pro-immigration countries. The country has been traditionally open to labour migration, asylum seekers and refugees. In 2014, 60 per cent of Swedish respondents approved of their government’s handling of immigration while 77 per cent, 75 per cent and 73 per cent in Spain, Greece and the UK respectively, disapproved. When respondents were asked whether there were too many immigrants in their country 17 per cent of Swedish respondents agreed (when given the actual number this increased to 19 per cent). In the UK, 54 per ...

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