Integration

What Can Sweden Learn from Canada?

For Sweden and the rest of the European Union, migration is regarded as a phenomenon which entails a lot of problems whose solutions have eluded politicians. That is not the case in Canada. Canada has granted permanent residence permits to immigrants at annual rate of some 250,000, some 25,000 of whom are refugees. There is a broad consensus among politicians of all colours and sizes as well as civil societies in the country to support and uphold the big annual immigration. How about Sweden and the rest of the European Union?

Both Sweden and Canada have a relatively liberal immigration policy. But there are of course differences. Sweden and Canada are described as among the world's most generous nations when it comes to refugee reception. But how about when it comes to immigration, including labour migration? There may be similarities there but their differences are also easily discernable. Azariah Kiros takes up the story.