Sweden leader in international cultural integration according to latest comparisons
Monday, 28 February 2011
Sweden a major country providing international protection, recently received more reunited families and international students that most comparative countries.
According to the third edition of Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) presented on Monday in Brussels, Sweden can on to again as the most integrated country among the competing countries.
The study compares the policies and legislation for legally residing third country nationals in EU countries plus Norway, Switzerland, Canada and the United States.
According to the 2008 to 2010 MIPEX which focuses on 7 areas across all MIPEX strands, Sweden is ranked 1st again with 83 percent points.
“We are pleased that Sweden has been top ranked in the study. We scored high in areas such as employment and education, both of which are key areas for a smooth integration. The third-country nationals in Sweden have good formal rights and opportunities to participate in the community which are important prerequisites for Sweden to be an open and tolerant society, "said Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag, in a press release.
The study makes it possible to compare different countries' laws and policies on integration, as well as monitor progress over time.
“It is delightful to have an international top ranking, but we should not fool ourselves into believing that integration is thus solved. The study did not measure the actual results or outcomes of the integration area. Today it is still too large differences between domestic and foreign-born employment rate. Government policy is that all working people, regardless of gender or ethnicity, should have a job and that people quickly get to learn Swedish. The government established reform is an important step in this work, "says Erik Ullenhag.
According to the report, all residents are legally entitled to be free from discrimination, live with their family and secure in their residence and citizenship. Within Sweden’s social model, each individual is also legally entitled to support that addresses their specific needs (e.g. labour market introduction, orientation programmes, Swedish language and mother tongue courses).
All Swedish residents still enjoy largely equal rights and responsibilities. Newcomers saw few changes affecting Sweden’s MIPEX score, but new laws may improve implementation and impact.
An employer-based immigration system and labour market introduction structure should help more become self-sufficient – and faster. It should also help them meet new family reunion conditions. Government wants these to act as incentives – not obstacles – in practice because a newcomers’ right to family life is equally important. Integration policy benefits from Sweden’s commitment to evaluation and partnership with researchers, civil society and immigrants themselves.
By Scancomark.se Team