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How immigration challenges the Scandinavian welfare model

Published torsdag 11 maj kl 09.00
Report author: Necessary to include people better and more quickly
(8:05 min)
Woman by sign to the employment service.
Higher unemployment among immigrants risk leading to tensions in the welfare model according to the study. Credit: HENRIK MONTGOMERY/TT

The legitimacy of the Scandinavian welfare model is under pressure, because it is so hard for many immigrants to find work, says a new Norwegian study, presented in Stockholm this week.

Grete Brochman, professor of sociology at Oslo University led the Norwegian government study. She says that, even though the welfare model is "massively" supported in Norway, an increasing number of people have begun to question whether it should be for all of those living in Norway.

"This is a major break with the universal welfare model, and it is a signal that there is a pressure on its legitimacy," she said.

Radio Sweden spoke to political scientist Susanne Wallman Lundåsen from Mid Sweden University and economy professor John Hessler from Stockholm University about the Norwegian report, and to what extent it is applicable also on Sweden. To listen, click on the link above.

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