Migration and immigration are high on any nation’s agenda but have particular resonance in Europe in light of recent events. The new edition of this book has been fully updated in this respect and explores: • Immigration policy in individual EU nations • The treatment of migrants, including immigrant policies • The development and effects of the Shengen agreement • The movement towards common EU policies. It looks specifically at the contexts of Britain, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Greece and Turkey as well as a examining the changing nature of migration dynamics in central and Eastern Europe. This book is a significant and timely analysis suitable for students of migration at any level.
Chapter 6: Sweden: Immigration Politics in an Advanced Welfare State
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 ...