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Illusionary Swedish dream: How the Swedish people with foreign background top the league of poorest people in Sweden

Friday, 02 December 2011
The tale that the poorest sets of people in Sweden are people with foreign background is not new. But the situation now is that that number has ground exponentially in the past years and politician only blow hot air with no idea on how the problem can be resolved 

Sixty percent of those receiving social benefits in Sweden over a longer period are those born abroad according to figures developed recently. The cause is often persistent unemployment. The so-called child poverty that exists in Sweden is largely the children of unemployed immigrants who remain below Swedish poverty line.

“There is a huge problem of poverty in Sweden with an ethnic dimension,” says Bjorn Halleröd, professor of sociology to Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter.
The Swedish poverty core group are the people who receive social benefits from the municipality, now known as income support or financial assistance. In 2010, 437,100 people received such financial assistance at some time during the year. This represents 4.7 percent of the population. Approximately one in twenty citizens had at some time in a year contacted their local social welfare office to get money.

Among those who received financial assistance for a longer time according to data, defined as ten months or more in one year, it is dominate by those with foreign-born. Of the 117,000 people who received benefits 78,000 were those with foreign background. For the foreign-born, it is thus 67 percent, more than two-thirds of the group that stays longer on society's ultimate safety net.

The biggest blamed put on foreign born for finding it hard to get jobs is lack of education.  According to Degens Nyehter, a minister said that “It is difficult when the foreign-born people lack basic education. But our host in Sweden is also crucial, our attitudes and prejudices when a foreign-sounding name comes up, our ability to effectively educate and introduce the language to them is bad”

Unlike other countries such as the UK where the complaint there is that locals or young people don’t want to work and that foreigners tend to take their jobs, it is surprising that mostly those chose to migrate to Sweden are foolish people. Most other the argument here is that immigrant lack the basic education but why do immigrants to Sweden more stupid than those to other places such as the UK where recently most of the newly created job went to immigrants rather than locals.

Swedish politicians as Swedish people alike are fully impregnated with prejudice and disdain of other people such that hypocrisy takes over. They give the impression to the outside world that Sweden is n open country and equal opportunity engine but when one comes down to the nitty gritty, the core show a country where discrimination and isolation is a culture not just as passive issue. And Politicians who are mostly out of touch will blame lack of education.
The politicians however say that “we will continue our efforts to ensure that people get into work or study. We have implemented the reform of establishment in which the Employment Service, instead of the municipality, has the main responsibility. The government will also review the income support so that there will not be an immediate reduction in social assistance when a person receives an income.”

What poverty is in the Sweden is very harsh. Besides the name calling, insulting and the far rights starring into one s eyes, - the external environment can be quite ok. But what cannot be seen with the naked eye at a home visit is the lack of toys for the kids. Perhaps there is no room for play and several children sharing a room. There is no vacuum cleaner or a proper kitchen table.

The Save the Children studies on the so-called child poverty is foreign-born children and children with foreign backgrounds show a strongly overrepresentation among those who are considered poor.

Many immigrants end up in long-term dependence on social assistance because they lack jobs. They have never worked in Sweden, or at least not long enough to qualify for other alternatives to social assistance. They are not included in the sickness insurance system and unemployment insurance.

Save the Children last spring warned that the social security systems do not capture the poorest. The survey, conducted by Tapio Salonen, professor of social work, shows that the seventy billion in tax money is being raised by the  State each year, focusing on families with children in a bid to reducing poverty.

This fall, the budget was an important innovation. It will be possible to have the establishment of compensation (paid to newly arrived refugee immigrants for the first two years) and at the same time they’ll earn money from their own work.

Another reform that has taken longer than normal to realization is the Liberal Party and the Centre's idea of social assistance to not automatically be reduced if one starts earning a small amount of money.

Bjorn Halleröd is Professor of Sociology at the University of Gothenburg and has long studied the issues surrounding poverty and people's different living conditions.
“In Gothenburg, we see large differences between the human conditions in different neighbourhoods. Segregation has becomes entrenched, even if there is some social mobility.
Bjorn Halleröd thinks that the differences in growth conditions between native children and children of foreign origin are a major problem for the future.
“Save the Children is focusing too much on the small rise in poverty rates in recent years and turns it against the government,” says Bjorn Halleröd and adds that “the big problem is that poverty in Sweden, has an ethnic dimension.”

The last fifteen years, the proportion of foreign born among the long-term poverty has steadily increased. No one has the answer to how the trend will be broken, thus begging the question whether Sweden is a land where aspirating people from the third world can have a dream of migrating and bettering their lives.

Unlike the USA or to some extent the UK, Sweden is not the best country for ethnic people to migrate to of they want to do something that change the way they were born.
By Scancomark.se Team

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