Nearly one in five people living in Sweden was born in a foreign country, newly released statistics have revealed.
According to Statistics Sweden, a government agency responsible for producing official statistics, around 19.1 percent of Sweden’s population, nearly 2,000,000 people, were born outside of the country.
In just twenty years, between 2000 to 2019, the number of first-generation immigrants living in Sweden has increased nearly two-fold, from close to 1 million at the turn of the century. 2018 saw the number of first-generation immigrants grow by 80,000 people, SVT reports.
For many years, the vast majority of those immigrating to Sweden came from its Scandinavian neighbor Finland. However, this is simply not the case anymore. Instead, the largest minority groups now living in Sweden are either Syrian or Iraqi-born.
Today, around 190,000 Iraqi-born immigrants live in Sweden while close to 145,000 Syrian-born migrants call the Scandinavian country their home. Iranians and Poles are also high up on the list of foreign-born immigrants.
Along gender lines, people from Afghanistan and Syria constituted the largest percentage of male immigrants while those from Thailand and Finland constituted the highest percentage of female immigrants.
The highest proportion of first-generation immigrants can be found in the town Botkyrka outside Stockholm, at 42.1 percent. In second, is the city of Haparanda, in Norrbotten County, where 41.6 percent of the city’s population are first-generation immigrants. Meanwhile in Södertälje, also in Stockholm County, first-generation immigrants comprise 40.1 percent of the entire population.
As the negative effects that mass immigration has on Swedish society continues to become increasingly obvious, more and more Swedish voters are supporting policies that restrict migration.
In a recent survey conducted by Pew Research, more than half of Swedes wanted to reduce immigration or totally stop immigration.