Sweden has been among the most hospitable countries welcoming migrants, mostly from Syria. Of course, not everyone here is excited about so many refugees, especially since this relatively small country takes in more migrants on a percentage of population than anyone else in Europe. The Malmo office alone has been registering up to 1,000 migrants a day.
We saw welcome signs, food tents, helpful police and welcome stations at the train station. Despite a very generous immigration, policy, there have been protests, even some violence in the area, which has seen both anti-semitism and anti-muslim activity in recent years. There are said to be more than 20,000 immigrants already in Malmo, but as many as 70% are unemployed.
And Sweden’s liberal policies on this subject are changing, as with other parts of Europe, with more sentiment headed toward shutting off some of the immigration flow. Some locals say that the migrants initially don’t even know where Sweden is, but they have heard they can get money and benefits and not have to work.
But, from what we saw there, the official policy remains a humanitarian one.