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Sweden Is Rethinking What Makes It Great

Sweden was never able to match its generous policy toward migrants with its ability to absorb them into society.

Successive waves of refugees, hailing from Bosnia, the Middle East and Somalia, have been trapped in housing developments on the peripheries of big cities such as Stockholm, Gothenburg, Upsala and Malmo. 

The combination of geographical isolation with low skills in a high-wage economy (with minimum wages negotiated at two-thirds of the median wage) proved toxic. Parallel societies based on clan and religious ties developed. Young people were recruited by criminal gangs. Drug-related crime and violence exploded.

The final straw came in 2016 when Sweden granted 156,031 residence permits to refugees

Bloomberg 22 November 2022

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