Observing Sweden – Immigration News – 8 Feb 2016

Exerpt from The Local.se & Dagnes Nyheter.

Sweden For Immigration concerns swell among Swedish voters

Published: 08 Feb 2016 07:49 GMT+01:00
Updated: 08 Feb 2016 12:49 GMT+01:00

40 percent of Swedes now believe ‘integration and immigration’ is the biggest issue facing the Nordic nation. Immigration has overtaken education as the single most important issue for voters selecting a political party, a new poll for Swedish newspaper, Dagnes Nyheter (DN) by Ipsos suggests.

The poll shows that 40 percent of Swedes selected ‘integration and immigration’ as the key political topic when deciding who they would vote for if there was an election. This compares to 20 percent in June 2015 and just five percent in 2010.

“It’s the biggest change for an individual issue we’ve ever seen in our measurements,” Johanna Laurin Gulled, a spokesperson for Ipsos, told DN.

The poll also suggests that only 17 percent of voters think that Prime Minister Stefan Löfven’s Social Democrat party has the best policies on immigration. Meanwhile, 21 percent favor the approach of the nationalist Sweden Democrats.
“There is a favorable position for the Sweden Democrats, who own the question which now ranks as the most important to voters,” said Gulled.

The poll comes as Sweden’s center-right parties seek to toughen their approach to immigration, with the largest opposition party, the Moderates, last week suggesting an “asylum pause”.

However according to Ipsos’ results, this is not having an impact on their popularity in this area, with just 13 percent of voters suggesting the Moderate party has the best immigration policies.

Education was bumped into second place in the list of concerns, with 18 percent selecting ‘schools and training’ in the survey.

The representative survey was carried out at the end of January, following a year in which Sweden took in a record 163,000 asylum seekers.

Around 100,000 more refugees are expected to travel to the Nordic country in 2016, according to a recent forecast by Sweden’s migration agency.

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About Bruce Louis Dodson

Bruce Louis Dodson is an American expat now living in Borlänge, Sweden with his wife, cat and dog. He is an artist and world traveler who writes fiction and poetry and practices photography in his less than copious free time. His work has appeared in: Barely South Review - Boundaries Issue, Blue Collar Review, Pulsar Poetry (UK), Foliate Oak, Breadline Press West Coast Anthology . The E-buffet, Qarrtsiluni, Struggle Magazine, Pearl Literary Magazine, Contemporary Literature Review: India, 3rd Wednesday, Sleeping Cat Books - Trip of a Lifetime Anthology, Northern Liberties Review, Authors Abroad - Foreign & and Far Away Anthology, The Path, Page & Spine, The Crucible, Sleeping Cat Books -Trips of a Lifetime, Vine Leaves, Pirene's Fountain,Tic Toc Anthology - Kind of a Hurricane Press, Cordite Poetry Review, Buffalo Almanac and mgv2.
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2 Responses to Observing Sweden – Immigration News – 8 Feb 2016

  1. Will Europe fall apart? i firmly believe it will and faster than anyone imagines..to prevent this, will we see mass conflict with native people fighting for what is theirs and the refugees/immigrants attacked and many driven out..or worse?
    You are right, Bruce, to be concerned and conscious of what’s happening.
    Take the best care

    john

    • I agree with you, John. It’s very scary, though I think I will be long gone before it hits the fan . . . or maybe not.
      It’s an invasion of biblical proportions and nothing will ever be the same again, that’s for sure.

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