Sweden’s ugly immigration problem: If it isn’t working there, then where will it work?

“So how are things working out in the most immigration-friendly country on the planet?

Not so well, says Tino Sanandaji. Mr. Sanandaji is himself an immigrant, a Kurdish-Swedish economist who was born in Iran and moved to Sweden when he was 10. He has a doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago and specializes in immigration issues. This week I spoke with him by Skype.

“There has been a lack of integration among non-European refugees,” he told me. Forty-eight per cent of immigrants of working age don’t work, he said. Even after 15 years in Sweden, their employment rates reach only about 60 per cent. Sweden has the biggest employment gap in Europe between natives and non-natives.

In Sweden, where equality is revered, inequality is now entrenched. Forty-two per cent of the long-term unemployed are immigrants, Mr. Sanandaji said. Fifty-eight per cent of welfare payments go to immigrants. Forty-five per cent of children with low test scores are immigrants. Immigrants on average earn less than 40 per cent of Swedes. The majority of people charged with murder, rape and robbery are either first- or second-generation immigrants. “Since the 1980s, Sweden has had the largest increase in inequality of any country in the OECD,” Mr. Sanandaji said.”


I was surprised to see the Globe & Mail run this column by Margaret Wente on the weekend.

  • Ed

    Since they all move to wherever the welfare is best, the solution seems obvious?

  • Maurixio Garciasanchez

    Sweden should have a limit of time how long a person can be on welfare at same time deport people who never had work their entire life .

  • Hard Little Machine

    Of course it works. Sweden doesn’t see itself as a country so much as a utopia state of grace.

  • David Murrell

    The Globe and Mail retains Margaret Wente as a writer, as their token “conservative” writer amidst a whole slew of liberal-left writers. In the past, she has been savaged by the 90-IQ sociology-major readership, in comments and in letters-to-the editor. I’ve stopped reading the letters-to-the-editor — for sanity’s sake — but the rigid rule at the Globe is as follows: publish nasty letters-to-the-editor savaging Ms. Wente, but run “I-agree-with-you” letters for all other articles and commentary, such that the letters-to-the-editor pages is one dreary, left-wing sociology read.

    The Globe and Mail, in the spirit of its long-standing opposition to democracy and human rights, supports massive Islamic migration to the West. The Globe and Mail opposes Western values, and supports Islamic values in all forms.