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More immigrants support Sweden Democrats

Published torsdag 12 december 2013 kl 10.26
New figures from Statistics Sweden show that the Sweden Democrats have high support from men with an immigrant background. Photo: TT.

The Sweden Democrats are gaining support from men with an immigrant background, according to figures from Statistics Sweden. Three years ago only 1,6 percent in this group voted for the Sweden Democrats, that figure is now 7,3 percent, Swedish Radio News reports.

Statistics Sweden's poll, of roughly 5,000 people twice every year, shows that the Sweden Democrats could even have higher support from men with an immigrant background than from the population as a whole.

Anna-Lena Lodenius has written several books on the Sweden Democrats and she tells Swedish Radio that immigrants may be attracted to the party because of its focus on family values, its views on the church and its opposition to gay adoption.

Nima Gholam Ali Pour from Malmö has Iranian roots and left the Social Democrats for the Sweden Democrats this fall.

"Just because I'm an immigrant myself doesn't necessarily mean that I want more immigration ," says Nima Gholam Ali Pour.

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