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Immigration top issue for Swedes: report

Published tisdag 19 april 2016 kl 11.47
Two people at the reception desk at the Swedish Migration Agency in Märsta. Photo: Maja Suslin / TT.
Two people at the reception desk at the Swedish Migration Agency in Märsta. Photo: Maja Suslin / TT.

A new survey finds that a majority of Swedes believe the twin issues of migration and integration are the most important problems facing society in Sweden.

The findings come from the so-called SOM Institute, which publishes reports each year by researchers at Gothenburg University.

In the survey, which was carried out in late 2015 and released on Tuesday, more than half of respondents, 53 percent, said migration and integration were major issues for Sweden. That year, Sweden registered a record number of 163,000 asylum applications. In the previous year's survey, only 27 percent of respondents said that migration issues were the most important. 

The increase in itself doesn't say anything about the attitude towards refugees or immigrants but rather that the issue is ranked as being more important than before.

The second biggest issue according to the survey's responses is education, with 29 percent saying it is Sweden's most important issue.

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