Right-wing voters on the rise 09:48. ‘In Montenegro, the police were known to arrest Muslims and bring them to the Bosnian Serb Army, so we were still not safe and continued to flee into Macedonia.’. Thank you for your last two letters and for the money I finally received and for all the trouble you’ve had… instead of raising sugar cane, I’ve put everything into the land, as I plan to leave this place soon. He was expecting to be forced into retirement after turning 67. Go to visitsweden.com to discover the wealth of tourist attractions that Sweden has to offer. A skilled welder and metal worker, he was able to find work in Finland, but he stayed and worked for only one week in order to afford a boat ticket across the Baltic Sea. He spent three years studying general nursing and one additional year specialising in intensive care education in order to work as a specialist. During 2016, Sweden sharpened their asylum laws, and the immigration declined down to around 116 thousand individuals arriving in 2019. U.S. Asylum Agents: 'Very Little Time' To Prepare Before New Immigration Rule The memo, written by the head of asylum at U.S. The reason I haven’t largely has to do with the work mentality in Sweden. Visit business-sweden.se for information on how to trade with and invest in Sweden. She remembers her exit from Goražde as swift and unexpected. ‘I remember seeing all the snow from the aeroplane just before arriving at Arlanda Airport outside of Stockholm. Kamran Assadzadeh says he integrated easily into Swedish society because he was proactive. Life in the lumber camps was extremely hierarchical. ‘Speaking English made it easier for me to communicate with others since almost everybody speaks English here,’ he notes. The moment we stop talking about things that are tearing our society apart, that is the moment when bad things will win.’, ‘I am proud to be part of a country that gives shelter to those in need.’, She has considered Sweden her home for a long time and feels that it’s important to show what Sweden has always been about – freedom and democracy for all. The eight-year war and the regime of Ayatollah Khomeini were the main reasons Kamran left Iran. Follow the timeline below to get the bigger picture of Sweden and migration. The European Commission’s Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) is one initiative aiming to help the most vulnerable people, in Sweden as well as in other EU member states. The Great Depression hit timber workers especially hard. He began studying literature, but when it was time to renew his visa, the French authorities wanted him to apply for a student visa from the French Embassy in Iran. In 1987 Kamran moved to Sweden alone as a refugee. ‘I miss everything – home, family, friends and the old days, but I have to admit that Syria is no longer a suitable and secure place where I can live, work and have a family.’. A more recent topic for debate concerns beggars, an increasingly common sight on Swedish streets. He chose Sweden because his sister was already living there at the time. They were working class rather than farmers like earlier emigrants, and they ended up in large cities, such as Chicago – and Seattle. Meet 36-year-old Linda Samir Mutawi, a film producer and production manager. In 2007, the town accepted 1,268 Iraqis, which equalled 5 per cent of all Iraqis arriving in Europe or 1.5 per cent of the population of Södertälje. Carl had realised his mistake and was long gone by then. In the line for his family, he wrote ‘no one to support’. In his youth, he sometimes worked through his summer holiday, annoying union representatives. It’s not far from where Carl had attempted to take his life a decade earlier. The riots in some Stockholm suburbs in 2013 put the spotlight on some of the challenges of integration. Where do Sweden's immigrants come from in 2019? I have found them to be very warm and open to me, which of course is essential to feeling accepted into your new community.’. ‘Some of my cousins were born in Sweden. It uses machinery so one does not need to work so hard. Kamran says that integration into Swedish society came easily because he was proactive, which allowed him to get ahead in certain aspects. In some of Sweden's smaller towns that have taken in significant numbers of refugees, the message of the alternative media and political right wing is … I got on with my life speaking Finnish and a little bit of English. Everyone in Finland knew that there were plenty of jobs in Sweden.’, ‘Everyone in Finland knew that there were plenty of jobs in Sweden.’. If you are a citizen of a country outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland and have been offered seasonal work in Sweden by an employer established here, you can apply for a work permit for seasonal work. The simple flophouses are torn down. When Sweden joined the Schengen co-operation in 2001, this meant open borders between the country and other European Union (EU) member states and an influx of other EU citizens into the country looking for work and love. But more than 50,000 people also chose to leave the country. At that time, he was faced with only two choices: leave the country or stay and be forced into military service to fight with Syrian regime forces in their war against the Syrian people. A cookie is stored on your device to give you a better experience of the website. Relatively few returned to Chile after Pinochet was ousted from power in 1990, and today Sweden is home to the third largest Chilean community outside of Chile, after Argentina and the US. In the US census he was listed as a ‘logger’ and his addresses were always simple boarding houses near Seattle’s waterfront. Photo: Lola Akinmade Åkerström, Silvio Durán Michea is one of many Chileans that fled to Sweden during Pinochet’s 17-year regime. Young Swedes talk about how they would feel about being forced to leave their home country. He ended up settling down near Stockholm. It meant I could begin my studies and really plan for the future.’ He also found a job providing assistance and care to elderly at a geriatric clinic. ‘During the war, there were so many restrictions and the universities were closed.’. Learning the language has helped him socialise and make friends with locals, and he feels he has already integrated well into Swedish society. If you were legally resident in Sweden before 1 January 2021, you must apply for the new residency permit (uppehållsstatus) by 30 September 2021. Tightened border controls have made it harder to enter Sweden without a valid passport or other identification document. He was determined to have died at 52 years, 9 months and 26 days of age. His ashes have been spread into the wind. ‘Now I know Sweden is very different from Syria. Before the young man left for the US, he visited Frida Welin’s photography studio to have one last picture taken for his family. ‘Twice in the past forty years I have been close to accepting a job in Finland. ‘The plan was to go back to Bosnia as soon as we could,’ Vildana says. He was probably an ideal immigrant: young, healthy and he had $50 in his pocket, as well as an address to an acquaintance in Seattle, where he intended to find a job in the timber industry. A lot has happened since she first arrived in Sweden with her family in 1992, as a teenage refugee from the Bosnian War. Jorma thinks back to the times he has been offered a job in Finland. In 2011, he co-founded Syria Relief Network, a group of humanitarian aid NGOs that helps displaced Syrians, many of which are in neighbouring Lebanon. In June one survey showed it … New immigration routes have opened for applications to work, live and study in the UK. Eventually, Zelga’s family decided she would be safer in Sweden, where she arrived in August 2015. She points to the fact that Sweden has an organised and modern system that works. The logging camps are overgrown. ‘Some people say we weren’t forced to flee Syria; that it was our choice to leave. According to the archives of the Marine Corps, private Carl Emanuel Anell was honourably discharged in January 1919, without ever being in combat. ‘After all, I lived in Iran until I was 23, so part of me will always be very Iranian.’. Photo: Lola Akinmade Åkerström. I am sending you the power of attorney on the form you’d sent me. Sweden granted permanent residence permits to all Syrians who were in Sweden seeking asylum. Macedonia, having seceded from Yugoslavia in 1991, was safer, but her family wanted to flee the region altogether and continued all the way to Turkey. The recent immigration peak has posed a challenge to the country, but beyond statistics and headlines are personal stories and a complex reality. The video interview with Mohammed Atif was done by Arantxa Hurtado, a Spanish Stockholm-based producer and photographer. The inquiry is also set to propose new ways of making it harder for parents to renounce their children's Swedish citizenship, to protect children at risk of being taken abroad to marry against their will. Since the war in Syria started, around 70,000 Syrians have come to Sweden. These debates highlight just how complicated and conflicting the issues surrounding diversity are – from studies praising Sweden’s integration policies to articles showing just how far Sweden still has to go in terms of integration. ‘My Swedish husband and I met at the Cannes Film Festival back in 2011 during a work reception,’ Linda says. 7 March 2019. Many of them come from Romania and Bulgaria, and many of them are Roma. In the harbour of Ballard, Seattle, there is a ‘Runestone monument’ with hundreds of names of otherwise unknown immigrants from Scandinavia. Every fifth person of the current Swedish population was born in another country. Kamran took the neighbour’s advice to heart and took Swedish courses for immigrants. For Jorma, the job situation was somewhat different. ‘Having rights just because you are a human being is a great feeling.’. ‘My older sister, younger brother and I got a call from our father who said that we only had ten minutes to meet some guys, get into their car and leave,’ Vildana says. Having spent less than a year in Sweden, Mouhanad understandably doesn’t speak Swedish fluently yet, but he regularly attends language classes. The proprietor had detected the odor of gas escaping from the room and when the firemen burst in they found the same man whose life they had saved in a similar situation last February. for the money. And every year before the summer is over, he misses Sweden. I try to see my life here as a new chance,’ she says. Deputy Coroner.’. Zelga is considering both psychology and social work, something that she can use to help other Assyrians, either here in Sweden or back home in Syria. Immigration to Sweden requires you to have consistent employment for two years before you can receive a permanent residence permit. For a number of years, there was a kind of ‘Cuba Fever’ among Swedish Americans. When Carl arrived in Seattle, there were already 20,000 Scandinavians, half of them Swedes, making up about 10 per cent of the city’s population. A new form of right to live in Sweden makes it possible for British citizens to continue living, working and studying here. The Migration Agency also handles accommodation arrangements for asylum seekers. For roughly two years, he worked with the elderly in the evenings and on weekends while studying Swedish and English during the day. The main crux of the debate remains how best to integrate migrants from different countries into the Swedish workforce and society, how to provide them with opportunities, make it possible for them to contribute and ensure they have equal rights and meaningful lives. ‘The most important thing is to learn the language and interact with Swedish people because this is the quickest way to understand local customs and culture.’. Originally Palestinian, she comes from Jordan where she grew up and her parents reside. lived in Sweden for a certain amount of time) Throughout the 1960s, Sweden was marked by a labour shortage to support its growing economy, which made industrial workers and public servants in particular demand. He wrote home from the logging camp at Eagle Gorge in August 1909: Thank you for your dearly welcome letter. In the 1970s, to control the rapid rise in immigration, the Swedish Migration Board began to regulate the process, especially when it came to workers. ‘Coming to Sweden to stay gave me security. She had touted the country’s virtue as a humanitarian solace for immigrants and asylum seekers looking for a better and more stable life. I felt like this place doesn’t represent me and who I am, even if it’s very beautiful.’. One reason for the decline in asylum applications after the peak immigration year of 2015 is changes in Swedish migration laws. Meet the Sweden-based Somali bandy team, a story of integration. Parents to face jail for child marriages. I am still working at the sugar factory. In Sweden, she applied for asylum, and got her residence permit after six months. For updated information on what applies to your country, please visit krisinformation.se, official emergency information from Swedish authorities. For Jorma Latva, the plan was to work a few years in Sweden and then move back to Finland. The bank where he kept his savings (or what was left of them after the Cuban misadventure), the Scandinavian–American Bank, went bankrupt in 1921. ‘If it was just up to me, I would never have left. Only Germany received more asylum seekers than Sweden in 2014, followed by Italy and France. The application will open on 1 december. Particular conditions applied and the possibility was time-limited. upper secondary school, even if their asylum application had been rejected. Many, but not all, become Swedish citizens.The economic, social, and political aspects of immigration have caused some controversy regarding ethnicity, economic benefits, jobs for non-immigrants, settlement patterns, impact on upward social mobility, crime, and voting behaviour. Here there are the biggest tree trunks in the world, I believe. ‘Despite feeling bad and the guilty emotions I had about leaving my country, when I think logically about it, I believe I made the right decision,‘ he says. Interior design has lost its appeal as a profession. It wasn’t unthinkable that the king and a shop assistant could be roomed in the same hospital.’. Many international media covered the disturbances. Meet Zelga Gabriel. ‘I didn’t really move to Sweden for work, I moved here for a woman, a Finnish woman,’ he says with a laugh. Syria is my country; my roots are there. Read more about the great emigration at Statistics Sweden. Zelga Gabriel was interviewed by Nathalie Rothschild, a journalist based in Stockholm. He intended to work in the sugar cane fields until he had saved enough to buy his own plot of land in the Swedish Colony of Palmarito, Bayate (near the American military base at Guantánamo). On 9 January 1909, Carl arrived in New York. From 2017 onwards immigration to Sweden has dropped, and the 2019 population growth – less than 100,000 people – was the lowest since 2013. But the integration issues need to be tackled in a more effective way, she adds. Linda Samir Mutawi was interviewed by Lola Akinmade Åkerström. The film about Dima is a part of the project ‘Homestead – somewhere in Sweden’, by ROT produktion: nagonstansisverige.se. It's a joint project between: Copyright © Mouhanad’s opportunity to live a safer and more comfortable life came when he was granted a Schengen visa and then residency in 2014. Read about Sweden’s migration and asylum policy at government.se. 21 December 2018. Avoid weekends, since the decision makers normally work Monday to Friday. During the Middle Ages, Germans from merchant trading communities were the largest immigrant group. They made up 10 percent (or 5,753 people) of immigrants in that period. Meet Vildana Aganović. Kamran lives with his partner, but his extended family still lives in Iran. ‘First of all, it is a secure place where I can finally feel physically and psychologically safe; a place where I can start over and live a respectable life and think of having a job, family and children,’ he says. This was the result of very high immigration (127,000) and more births than deaths. She spends most of her time with relatives and friends with the same background as her – Assyrians from Syria. Like many others in the Spruce Squad, he’d been looking for lumber in the forests of Washington State. Zelga was fortunate to have a relatively easy journey to Sweden: by bus and taxi to Lebanon, and then by plane to Stockholm. Transitioning to a new country is always challenging, especially during the first year. Most refugees apply for asylum, and it’s the Swedish Migration Agency that handles all asylum applications. As a comparison, the US and Canada combined took in 1,027 Iraqis the same year. Sweden adopted the minimum EU level. On 23 December 1930, the Seattle Daily Times published the following notice: ‘Second attempt to end his life The Finns, for instance, returned in masses to Finland where the economy had begun to boom. He studied to become a nurse, an opportunity he says he never could have had if he had remained in Iran. Every other trace of his existence has been literally swept away. Jorma and his wife settled in Vallentuna, a suburb north of the capital Stockholm, where they still live. ‘Swedes are also quite welcoming. Good to hear that you and your family are healthy… It’s been a difficult time at first, as there were no Swedes here, but now things are fine. Likewise, the far-right anti-immigration political party Sweden Democrats has been steadily seeing increased public support. When Franklin D. Roosevelt had won the presidential election defeating Herbert Hoover (who was blamed for the financial crisis), the Works Progress Administration (WPA) was one of more than hundred departments initiated to create more jobs. At 18, she was an interior design student at Aleppo University’s Faculty of Fine Arts. Other key immigrant groups were Jews, who started arriving in the 1700s, alongside French artists and intellectuals. As soon as he was cleared to leave the country, Kamran went to Toulouse, France, on a tourist visa to live with the sons of an old colleague of his father’s. At the age of 22 (at the time of writing), Zelga lives in a suburb just outside Södertälje, an industrial town south-west of Stockholm where around 37 per cent of residents are foreign-born and where a majority of the roughly 100,000 Assyrians who have emigrated to Sweden since the late 1960s live. Kamran Assadzadeh was interviewed by Lola Akinmade Åkerström. After completing Swedish high school, she studied journalism at a local Folkhögskola, a form of adult education institution common in Sweden. Still, other aspects of the country’s migration policy remain welcoming, as this country profile explores. Through this job I learned so much about the Swedish culture, history, food, and traditions like Midsummer, Christmas and Easter,’ Kamran says. Migrants from Germany and other Nordic and Baltic countries made up the bulk of immigrants. The challenges that we face back home on a daily basis are not really present here,’ she adds. It appears he might still have been writing to his brother David, now a grocer in the village of Sköllersta near Örebro (about 200 kilometers from the Swedish capital of Stockholm, editor’s note) even if the letters are no longer preserved. ‘It was both a relief and painful to leave friends and families,’ remembers Silvio, who moved to Sweden with ‘the hope to find new horizons for a better life’. ‘It was both a relief and painful to leave friends and families’, ‘I speak fluent Swedish and this has helped me fully integrate into the Swedish society,’ he says. Sweden struck me as an idealistic country, with resources there for everyone in society. Perhaps I will not require all the money we will see. Linda is one of them. She is an established freelance journalist living in Borås, a city in the south-west of Sweden that she now calls home. ‘I didn’t choose to leave my country, I was compelled to leave,’ Mouhanad says. ‘When I first arrived and saw all the greenery, I was in tears. Zelga hopes to also make friends with Swedes once she starts studying or working. Inform your case officer about your travel plans. ‘When I think about it now, I still cannot believe I lived through such a horrible thing. Their presence provokes and raises questions: Why are they here? ‘The unions had been fighting to get more holiday and here I was, working through all five weeks,’ he says. Immigration New Zealand has extended its newcomer skills matching and job search assistance services programme to prioritise assisting skilled migrants who have lost jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. She got her journalism degree in 2001, after which she spent a year in Bosnia to reconnect with her roots. ‘Sweden is a place where I can start over and live a respectable life and think of having a job, family and children.’. This report analyzes the role immigration has played in their rise and recent electoral fortunes in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. In 2015–2016 Sweden saw a peak in immigration. Between 1991 and 1999, a series of military conflicts occurred on the Balkans, causing massive bloodshed and severe economic damage in most of the former Yugoslav republics. Meet Jorma Latva, who moved from Finland during the peak of the big work migration to Sweden, as a 21-year-old in 1968. A law change in 2018 made it possible for young people to apply for a residence permit for studies at gymnasiet, i.e. Photo: Lola Akinmade Åkerström, Mouhanad Sharabati refused to join the Syrian regime forces in their war against the Syrian people. She recently started studying Swedish for immigrants, language courses offered for free by municipalities. Zelga says: ‘When there’s peace, you think about things like beauty and design. All of these people had found new homes in Seattle. ‘It’s a big difference leaving a country by choice. Ultimately, he thinks he would have been targeted by the government if he hadn’t moved. ‘The beauty of it is that I feel I have the freedom and power to fight for equality for all the people living here,’ Vildana says. Follow instructions from the Swedish Migration Agency. He was pleasantly surprised by the egalitarianism when he first arrived. The men took them to Montenegro – still a part of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia at the time – where her parents joined them a few days later. Mouhanad Sharabati was interviewed by Lola Akinmade Åkerström. Trunks nine to ten feet in diameter are not uncommon…I can read a little English, but it is still halting… perhaps I will be sending home some money if you would put it in a bank for me. ‘Either I like it both here and there, or maybe it’s that I don’t like it here or there,’ he says with a cheeky smile. He would exceed the maximum amount of overtime hours and keep on going. His name is Carl Emanuel Anell, he’s twenty years old and comes from Asker in the Swedish province of Närke. Head of the press unit at the Swedish Migration Agency, Fredrik Bengtsson, says: ‘In Europe, Sweden is a key destination and recipient country for asylum seekers.’. Beginning that new life meant trying to integrate as quickly as possible so he could begin applying his skills and expertise within his new adoptive home. Only 5 per cent of immigrants in 2019 came from Syria. Again they revived him and sent him to the hospital, where it was ascertained that he had been drinking prior to turning on the gas. Vildana Aganović was interviewed by Lola Akinmade Åkerström. The legislation changes partly explain the immigration decline in Sweden in the early 1970s, as work migration into the country dropped considerably. Into retirement after turning 67 any Swedish child, with many other Bosnian families, we were forced leave... 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