Linda Samir Mutawi moved to Stockholm in 2013 to live with her Swedish husband. ‘I was obviously relieved. Meet 36-year-old Linda Samir Mutawi, a film producer and production manager. She understood later on that it had been her parents’ only choice to get her and her siblings out of the city in time. ‘Having rights just because you are a human being is a great feeling.’. During the Bosnian War in the wake of the breakup of Yugoslavia, Goražde was one of six enclaves surrounded and besieged by the Bosnian Serb Army, with routine attacks on the civilian population. During the waiting time, asylum seekers can work to support themselves, provided that they’ve been exempted from the work permit requirement. 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. They’ve been long years, but they aren’t up yet.’. If you want more information, read about, 1887, the peak year of emigration to the US, Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD). When Silvio left Chile in 1986 at the age of 23, he was not personally under threat as he was not an activist. Their presence provokes and raises questions: Why are they here? At the time, Jorma did not speak Swedish. Jorma goes back to Finland every summer with his family. Sweden struck me as an idealistic country, with resources there for everyone in society. for the money. Like many other Bosnian families, we were forced to leave our homes, friends and whole lives,’ Vildana says. The wars mostly resulted in peace accords, and several new states were formed. About 116,000 came to Sweden. Roma people started immigrating as early as the 1500s, while Walloons – French-speaking people from Belgium – came to Sweden in the late 1600s as the country’s iron industry began to develop. (New laws from 2016 limit the possibilities of being granted residence permits.). Zelga is Assyrian, the Christian minority indigenous to the Middle East that has suffered attacks from ISIS recently. At you’ll find information about Swedish embassies and their activities. Learning the language has helped him socialise and make friends with locals, and he feels he has already integrated well into Swedish society. ‘The unions had been fighting to get more holiday and here I was, working through all five weeks,’ he says. All you need to know about Swedish higher education and scholarships is available at Migration started early in Sweden. ‘My goal from day one was to get through military service to obtain my passport, to become free, move abroad and study,’ Kamran says. Photo: Aline Lessner, ‘I left Syria for my family’s sake more than for my own,’ Zelga Gabriel says. Her husband and his family and friends are mostly Swedish, and she already had a few Swedish friends prior to moving. He travelled steerage class, the cheapest ticket available. ‘I knew I had to start over in a foreign country with a foreign language. There is a lot more trust in workers and their skills, without middle management meddling. For five years, Syrians have made up the largest share of immigrants, but in 2019 the largest immigration group was returning Swedes, followed by … From 2017 onwards immigration to Sweden has dropped, and the 2019 population growth – less than 100,000 people – was the lowest since 2013. Immigration to Sweden is the process by which people migrate to Sweden to reside in the country. New statement of changes to the Immigration Rules: HC 2099. ‘The plan was to go back to Bosnia as soon as we could,’ Vildana says. He chose Sweden for two main reasons. In 2014, there were over 80,000 asylum seekers, with the three largest groups being Syrians, Eritreans and people with no state or country (stateless). ‘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’. Photo: Lola Akinmade Åkerström, Mouhanad Sharabati refused to join the Syrian regime forces in their war against the Syrian people. ‘The culture is so different from my own that it is still exciting to learn new things every day,’ he says. Sweden was mostly a country of emigration until refugees escaping World War II began to slowly change it back into a country of immigration, which is what it has been since then. It’s not far from where Carl had attempted to take his life a decade earlier. Integration came easier to Vildana compared with many other refugees, not least because she was relatively young and picked up the language quickly. Not only does it help immigrants understand the cultural nuances, but it also opens up work opportunities and social networking doors that may otherwise have remained closed had they not learned the language. She had touted the country’s virtue as a humanitarian solace for immigrants and asylum seekers looking for a better and more stable life. The new rules enable employers in Sweden to look for workers from third countries if they are unavailable in Sweden or any other EU countries. By June that same year, relatives already in Sweden were able to send them plane tickets from Turkey to Stockholm. We will probably start our journey in Oct. Have nothing more to write this time. Eventually, Zelga’s family decided she would be safer in Sweden, where she arrived in August 2015. ‘This is something I couldn’t even imagine doing so I decided to leave,’ he says. But the integration issues need to be tackled in a more effective way, she adds. His name is Carl Emanuel Anell, he’s twenty years old and comes from Asker in the Swedish province of Närke. A law change in 2018 made it possible for young people to apply for a residence permit for studies at gymnasiet, i.e. And every year before the summer is over, he misses Sweden. 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. He was expecting to be forced into retirement after turning 67. According to the archives of the Marine Corps, private Carl Emanuel Anell was honourably discharged in January 1919, without ever being in combat. The most important step in integration is learning the new country’s language, Silvio says. Södertälje, a small town just south of Stockholm, is a case in point, and an extreme one at that. The 1990s brought massive immigration from former Yugoslavia during the ethnic cleansing wars with over 100,000 Bosnians being granted asylum in Sweden alongside 3,600 Kosovo Albanians. But no migration event has left a bigger mark on Sweden’s cultural landscape than the huge emigration of Swedes to the Americas and Australia from 1850 up until the 1930s. ‘If I had stayed, I probably would have been pressured (by friends) into various demonstrations and protests, and then my life would have been in direct danger.’. Meet Zelga Gabriel. After four months in Sweden, he was granted permanent residency. Over the course of 100 years, nearly 1,3 million Swedes made their way to those places; their motivation for seeking happiness “over there” included 1. poverty 2. religious persecution 3. a pessimistic view of the future 4. l… 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. He fled to Sweden in 2014. 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. That is however a small decrease (by 325 people) compared to the same period last year, and comes amid an overall slowdown of immigration, according to national statistics office Statistics Sweden. RECOMMENDED: What we know about Sweden's potential language tests for new citizens. She remembers her exit from Goražde as swift and unexpected. As many as 1.5 million native Swedes left the country to escape poverty and religious persecution, and to seek a better life for themselves and their families. This film is a part of the project ‘Homestead – somewhere in Sweden’, by ROT produktion: ‘Some people say we weren’t forced to flee Syria; that it was our choice to leave. It was in January and full-blown winter,’ he says. Two years later, he came to Sweden. He would exceed the maximum amount of overtime hours and keep on going. David was aware that his brother had been inducted into the Marines when the US had entered World War I. Carl’s induction took place in February 1918. Every year before they go, he longs for Finland. He apparently died of natural causes. 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. This report analyzes the role immigration has played in their rise and recent electoral fortunes in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. U.S. Asylum Agents: 'Very Little Time' To Prepare Before New Immigration Rule The memo, written by the head of asylum at U.S. Vildana left in April 1992 under great duress, but in time before the bombing of the city. ‘Twice in the past forty years I have been close to accepting a job in Finland. Thousands of Syrians have fled to Europe in search of better lives, including many close friends of Mouhanad. Sweden offers relaxed immigration requirements, however, for children under 18, adults from 18 to 20 and citizens of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and the rest of the European Union (EU). Kamran says that integration into Swedish society came easily because he was proactive, which allowed him to get ahead in certain aspects. Other key immigrant groups were Jews, who started arriving in the 1700s, alongside French artists and intellectuals. He chose Sweden because his sister was already living there at the time. She spends most of her time with relatives and friends with the same background as her – Assyrians from Syria. ‘Swedes are also quite welcoming. 21 December 2018. ‘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. Photo: Frida Welin. While Zelga’s relatives had told her a lot about life in Sweden, coming here was still a shock. In his youth, he sometimes worked through his summer holiday, annoying union representatives. If you already have a valid card, you do not need to replace it. A church in Filipstad, Sweden, where roughly one-fifth of the nearly 11,000 inhabitants are now foreign-born. Kamran took the neighbour’s advice to heart and took Swedish courses for immigrants. He ended up settling down near Stockholm. 2. 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. This is the official site of Sweden, offering you the facts and stories of our country. This time mostly to neighbouring Norway, Denmark and other European countries, but also to the US and China. She wants to become part of Swedish society and start university as soon as possible. So they decided it made more sense for Linda to move to Sweden. 10 November 2020 Mouhanad Sharabati was interviewed by Lola Akinmade Åkerström. If you were legally resident in Sweden before 1 January 2021, you must apply for the new residency permit (uppehållsstatus) by 30 September 2021. Migrants from Germany and other Nordic and Baltic countries made up the bulk of immigrants. ‘(But) I always thought Stockholm was one of the prettiest cities I have been to. By the time they started a relationship and got married, her husband was the one with the more stable work situation. With dual British–Jordanian citizenship, she moved to Sweden in 2013. The neighbors report that the deceased had been intoxicated the entire week. Zelga’s mother, brother and several members of her extended family are also here in Sweden, as is her best friend from back home. They made up 10 percent (or 5,753 people) of immigrants in that period. Photo: Lola Akinmade Åkerström, Silvio Durán Michea is one of many Chileans that fled to Sweden during Pinochet’s 17-year regime. I also knew about the cold weather, of course. She believes Sweden sets a good example of accepting refugees, which in turn leads to a large influx of foreigners in search of a higher quality of life, something Sweden is widely known for. Eventually, Kamran got comfortable enough with the Swedish language to study at university, and he enrolled at Uppsala University. Today, some 45,000 people with Chilean background reside in Sweden, following the refugee waves caused by Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship of Chile during 1973–1990. He was determined to have died at 52 years, 9 months and 26 days of age. Jorma started to collect retirement benefits at age 61, then slowly cut down his work hours until about half-time. Meet Vildana Aganović. You just work.’, Zelga has begun to learn the language – taking ‘Swedish for Immigrants’ classes – but is still finding it difficult to settle in. Zelga hopes to also make friends with Swedes once she starts studying or working. It uses machinery so one does not need to work so hard. Enclosed a special rct. ‘I feel it is my responsibility to write about it. Due to Covid-19, there are currently restrictions on travels to and from Sweden. She recently started studying Swedish for immigrants, language courses offered for free by municipalities. Since the war in Syria started, around 70,000 Syrians have come to Sweden. A lot has happened since she first arrived in Sweden with her family in 1992, as a teenage refugee from the Bosnian War. Syria is my country; my roots are there. Kamran lives with his partner, but his extended family still lives in Iran. 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. What happens after immigration remains one of the hottest debates around the country. For example, take a pic… I had to find work, find friends, and make a home for myself,’ explains Linda, whose Swedish is still quite limited. ‘Now I know Sweden is very different from Syria. The index page will help you find the part you need. ‘Perhaps I should settle somewhere in between, like Åland (Finnish Swedish-speaking island group, editor’s note).’ But after a few moments consideration, he says: ‘No, I still have some time here. Linda Samir Mutawi was interviewed by Lola Akinmade Åkerström. 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. 7 March 2019. Then, the Syrian Civil War broke out. This is the common website of the Government and the Government Offices. The differences were less apparent. ‘I try to give my point of view and what to do about racism, the importance of acknowledging that it exists today in order to be able to do something about it,’ Vildana says. A cookie is stored on your device to give you a better experience of the website. Many international media covered the disturbances. Zelga Gabriel was interviewed by Nathalie Rothschild, a journalist based in Stockholm. There isn’t as much connection between families. 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 a number of years, there was a kind of ‘Cuba Fever’ among Swedish Americans. Meet the Sweden-based Somali bandy team, a story of integration. Meet Kamran Assadzadeh, an intensive care nurse at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm. In June one survey showed it … From 1980 through 1989, nearly 7,000 people from Iraq and 27,000 from Iran received residence permits in Sweden as refugees according to the Geneva Convention. New asylum rules that will massively restrict immigrants “seeking asylum” in the United States from entering will be going into effect “in days, not weeks,” according to Director of Citizenship & Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli.. A more recent topic for debate concerns beggars, an increasingly common sight on Swedish streets. War changes that.’. Immigration to Sweden 2009-2019 Immigration to Denmark 2009-2019, by citizenship Perceptions on the proportion of immigrants in selected European countries in 2018 Visit for information on how to trade with and invest in Sweden. In this faded sepia photograph is a serious young man with a cap, as well as a cane that he doesn’t need. Many families in Sweden still have family ties to the USA, Canada, South America or Australia. At the end of 2018, Sweden and all other UN countries adopted a world-first global migration agreement, which aims to improve the possibilities of legal migration and facilitate for countries that receive migrants. Postcard sent by Carl Emanuel Anell from Seattle to his relatives in Sweden. A particular challenge in 2015 was the fact that 35,000 asylum seekers were ‘unaccompanied minors’, children who arrived in Sweden without parents or other legal guardian (see the chart of Afghan and Syrian asylum seekers, with the share of children without parents marked in green). 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. While many Germans and Scandinavians returned home after the war, many immigrants from the Baltics remained. The eight-year war and the regime of Ayatollah Khomeini were the main reasons Kamran left Iran. I got on with my life speaking Finnish and a little bit of English. In 2015–2016 Sweden saw a peak in immigration. His English is still rather ‘halting’; he filled in his profession as ‘lager’ – the Swedish word for warehouse – and his nationality as ‘alien’. ‘If they had sent me to the border, I probably would have fled.’. More and more children come to Sweden without family. Globally, there were 272 million international migrants in 2019. On 9 January 1909, Carl arrived in New York. Now I receive $2.75 a day. Sweden granted permanent residence permits to all Syrians who were in Sweden seeking asylum. ‘I was lucky enough never to get sent to fight at the border, which was my main worry during the two years,’ he says. This is a translated and edited version of an original article by Ola Larsmo for Swedish daily DN. ‘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.’. For roughly two years, he worked with the elderly in the evenings and on weekends while studying Swedish and English during the day. Press release from Matilda Ernkrans, Ministry of Education and Research, The Government OfficesSE-103 33 StockholmSwedenSwitchboard: +46 8 405 10 00. Violence erupted and two Swedes were shot. Today, she works as a full-time freelance journalist covering complex topics that are close to her heart, like tolerance and equality. But she was initially worried that the ‘lack of spontaneity, the serious societal rule following, and the conventionality of life here’ would be a bit too calm for her, coming from ‘a more expressive culture’. During the Middle Ages, Germans from merchant trading communities were the largest immigrant group. One of the inscriptions reads: ‘Carl Emanuel Anell, Immigrated from Asker, Sweden in 1909.’. Follow the timeline below to get the bigger picture of Sweden and migration. Immigration to Sweden requires you to have consistent employment for two years before you can receive a permanent residence permit. Most refugees apply for asylum, and it’s the Swedish Migration Agency that handles all asylum applications. ‘I was a graduate student about to defend my Master’s thesis project when I found myself having to leave my country.’. War changes that.’. ‘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.’. Man offers 200,000 kronor reward for job. Even if there has always been immigration to Sweden, the great emigration between the mid-1800s up until 1930 has left the deepest mark on the development of the country and in people's memory. The security and order that I wanted.’. ‘I love the fact that there is such a work–life balance, and the system is so efficient.’, ‘I have also lived in Europe and the Middle East and have travelled and lived in a number of countries, so I adapt easily to new environments and new people,’ Linda points out. At this time, it was not uncommon for larger Swedish companies to go to unemployment centres in Finland with incentives to pay for the move to Sweden. I try to see my life here as a new chance,’ she says. ‘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. It wasn’t unthinkable that the king and a shop assistant could be roomed in the same hospital.’. Interestingly in 2011, more people emigrated from Sweden than in 1887, the peak year of emigration to the US. Read about the Swedish asylum regulations at Here there are the biggest tree trunks in the world, I believe. He also worked with the Kayany foundation, an NGO based in Beirut that aims to meet the needs and ensure the rights of children of Syrian refugees in Lebanon. I have some savings in the American–Scandinavian bank, but as I intend to return to Sweden, if I have anything left over, I will send it to you…. Kamran Assadzadeh says he integrated easily into Swedish society because he was proactive. Whenever Carl Anell tries suicide, somebody smells the gas. In the harbour of Ballard, Seattle, there is a ‘Runestone monument’ with hundreds of names of otherwise unknown immigrants from Scandinavia. 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. Refugees from active war zones continue to immigrate to Sweden. For Jorma, the job situation was somewhat different. ‘Most of the elderly I worked with couldn’t speak any language besides Swedish, so this forced me to learn Swedish quicker. They were working class rather than farmers like earlier emigrants, and they ended up in large cities, such as Chicago – and Seattle. 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. Through this job I learned so much about the Swedish culture, history, food, and traditions like Midsummer, Christmas and Easter,’ Kamran says. The war ended up costing hundreds of thousands of lives on both sides. Today, they have three grown kids and four grandchildren, all of them Vallentuna residents. Legislative changes for asylum seekers have also made it more difficult to get a residence permit and reunite with family. Meet Jorma Latva, who moved from Finland during the peak of the big work migration to Sweden, as a 21-year-old in 1968. upper secondary school, even if their asylum application had been rejected. 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