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Criticism of Swedish Integration

Published fredag 27 juli 2007 kl 11.46

Research carried out by the European Union has lambasted Stockholm and Malmö’s track records on integration.

The TT news agency reports that some 500 people from 75 European cities were questioned about their views on standards of living and how much they enjoyed living in their cities. Questions focussed on issues such as affordable accommodation, noise pollution and safety.

Attention was also paid to the integration of people from other countries. On this topic, Malmö and Stockholm newcomers are the most dissatisfied in Europe. Those questioned criticise a lack of interest in immigrants and a belief that they are not very important.

Stockholm also comes in for criticism from its residents on the issue of affordable housing. However, Malmö and the capital fare better when it comes to access to green areas such as parks and gardens, and also on safety and security.

Some 97 per cent of people from the Nordic countries said they felt secure in their home cities.

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