This is one of several pages linking to information about the immigration and emigration laws of specific countries, and implications for discussions of open borders.
Sweden is a Scandinavian country. It has a population of about 9.6 million. It is known for having a relatively egalitarian form of government and egalitarian-leaning public opinion, with a relatively free pre-tax economy but high tax rates. More about Sweden on Wikipedia.
Sweden is interesting from the migration perspective for the following reasons:
- Compared to other First World countries, public sentiment in Sweden is more pro-migration and more pro-open borders.
- Swedish migration policy is relatively more generous to refugees, and also allows work-based migration more easily. Sweden also offers relatively easy access to the welfare state for migrants and a path to citizenship that takes adults only 5 years (4 years for stateless people). This is shorter than most other countries.
Discussions of migration and Sweden:
- Who favors open borders? by Nathan Smith, Open Borders: The Case, December 3, 2012, notes Sweden’s unusually pro-migration position. See also the follow-up blog posts Is Swedish political correctness really Swedish ethnocentrism in disguise? by Steve Sailer, December 4, 2012, and Collected comments on the World Values Survey data by Vipul Naik, Open Borders: The Case, December 8, 2012.
- Public opinion in Sweden is substantially more pro-migration than other First World countries. Why?, post at Open Borders Action Group by Vipul Naik, February 23, 2014. 4 likes, 3 comments.
- Open borders in Scandinavia: a brief case study by John Lee, Open Borders: The Case, December 14, 2012.
- A Somali-Swede’s reflections on open borders by Ladan Weheliye, Open Borders: The Case, September 20, 2013.