Eritrean asylum seekers arrive in Sweden for resettlement.
Eritrean asylum seekers arrive in Sweden for resettlement. Robert Nyholm/TT

Sweden hardens against refugees: new poll

THE anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats are the most popular political party in the Nordic country, according to a new poll.

The YouGov poll showed 23.9% of people said they would vote for the party if an election were held now, nearly double the level of support it achieved at the 2014 general election.

Results put the Sweden Democrats ahead of the Social Democrats, who form the larger part of a coalition government under Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, and well ahead of the Moderates.

Support for those parties had fallen by nine and eight points respectively since 2014, YouGov found.

Matthew Goodwin, a senior fellow at Chatham House, said on Twitter: "I doubt they will sustain once election nears but given the climate, it's relevant”.

According to its website, the party believes "the overall net impact of mass immigration from distant countries (is) strongly negative, both economically and socially”.

It says multiculturalism "leads to fragmentation and segregation where culture clashes occur”, and wants to "severely limit” family immigrations "to combat forced marriage, trafficking, and economic costs resulting from” families being unable to support themselves.

Sweden has taken in tens of thousands of refugees from Syria, Somalia and Yemen. - The Independent



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