An asylum seeker walks outside the Bergby Gard hotel and conference centre, which houses asylum seekers,...
An asylum seeker walks outside the Bergby Gard hotel and conference centre, which houses asylum seekers, north of Stockholm June 6, 2014. Sweden has for decades prided itself on offering a refuge for those fleeing oppression in other parts of the world. While the vast majority of Swedes continue to support traditional, open-door immigration policies, a populist, anti-immigrant party, the Sweden Democrats, has struck a chord with voters by tying worries that welfare services are declining and schools are slipping behind international peers with the cost of accepting asylum seekers. Around 16 percent of Swedes were born abroad and the country has maintained an open-door policy to refugees for decades, but Sweden has struggled to integrate many of the new arrivals and unemployment among immigrant groups is much higher than the national average leaving many, particularly young people, feeling marginalised. Picture taken June 6, 2014. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton (Sweden - Tags: SOCIETY IMMIGRATION POLITICS)
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