He returned to Seattle and again worked in the forest. He landed in the Spruce Squadron’s 119th Company, and his Swedish relatives never heard from him again. See in your letter that many important people in Sw[eden] have finished their fight on life’s threadbare carpet and died…when I come to the United States I will send my addr[ess]… I will probably start my journey at the beginning of next month. Postcard sent by Carl Emanuel Anell from Seattle to his relatives in Sweden. She believes Sweden sets a good example of accepting refugees, which in turn leads to a large influx of foreigners in search of a higher quality of life, something Sweden is widely known for. Photo: Frida Welin. Jorma started to collect retirement benefits at age 61, then slowly cut down his work hours until about half-time. What happens after immigration remains one of the hottest debates around the country. I also knew about the cold weather, of course. In 1908, he was one of 20,000 young Swedes leaving the country that year. I have some savings in the American–Scandinavian bank, but as I intend to return to Sweden, if I have anything left over, I will send it to you…. Every other trace of his existence has been literally swept away. But no migration event has left a bigger mark on Sweden’s cultural landscape than the huge emigration of Swedes to the Americas and Australia from 1850 up until the 1930s. New statement of changes to the Immigration Rules: HC 1919. ‘I was lucky enough never to get sent to fight at the border, which was my main worry during the two years,’ he says. Zelga is Assyrian, the Christian minority indigenous to the Middle East that has suffered attacks from ISIS recently. At this time, it was not uncommon for larger Swedish companies to go to unemployment centres in Finland with incentives to pay for the move to Sweden. Mouhanad Sharabati was interviewed by Lola Akinmade Åkerström. Many families in Sweden still have family ties to the USA, Canada, South America or Australia. All you need to know about Swedish higher education and scholarships is available at studyinsweden.se. Sweden adopted the minimum EU level. It’s also worth noting that in 1887 the emigrants made up 1 per cent of the population, in 2011 only 0.5 per cent. Kamran took the neighbour’s advice to heart and took Swedish courses for immigrants. The inquiry is also set to propose new ways of making it harder for parents to renounce their children's Swedish citizenship, to protect children at risk of being taken abroad to marry against their will. At the time, Jorma did not speak Swedish. The video interview with Mohammed Atif was done by Arantxa Hurtado, a Spanish Stockholm-based producer and photographer. Considering she’s been in Sweden for a relatively short time, Linda feels she has integrated quite well into society and this is mostly due to the fact that she has family and friends here. In a cruel twist of fate, Mouhanad has now been living in Sweden for close to six months as a displaced Syrian himself. Since that request was impossible to meet due to the ongoing war, he had to look into other alternatives. Swedish asylum policy has taken a restrictionist turn since the country received a record-breaking number of asylum seekers in 2015 and after electoral gains by the nationalist, anti-immigration Sweden Democrats pushed the governing coalition to a harder line. But more than 50,000 people also chose to leave the country. His ashes have been spread into the wind. Interior design has lost its appeal as a profession. He was back at City Hospital again today after his second unsuccessful attempt this year. Meet Silvio Durán Michea. New look for residence permit cards. ‘When there’s peace, you think about things like beauty and design. The simple flophouses are torn down. The index page will help you find the part you need. Jorma and his wife settled in Vallentuna, a suburb north of the capital Stockholm, where they still live. Today, some 45,000 people with Chilean background reside in Sweden, following the refugee waves caused by Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship of Chile during 1973–1990. Over the course of 100 years, nearly 1,3 million Swedes made their way to those places; their motivation for seeking happiness “over there” included 1. poverty 2. religious persecution 3. a pessimistic view of the future 4. l… I have found them to be very warm and open to me, which of course is essential to feeling accepted into your new community.’. Since the war in Syria started, around 70,000 Syrians have come to Sweden. Zelga hopes to also make friends with Swedes once she starts studying or working. Having spent less than a year in Sweden, Mouhanad understandably doesn’t speak Swedish fluently yet, but he regularly attends language classes. Silvio Durán Michea was interviewed by Lola Akinmade Åkerström. The men took them to Montenegro – still a part of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia at the time – where her parents joined them a few days later. What can Sweden do? Many international media covered the disturbances. War changes that.’. It appears he might still have been writing to his brother David, now a grocer in the village of Sköllersta near Örebro (about 200 kilometers from the Swedish capital of Stockholm, editor’s note) even if the letters are no longer preserved. He was determined to have died at 52 years, 9 months and 26 days of age. There isn’t as much connection between families. Once brick buildings started popping up all over the country, Italian workers skilled in bricklaying and stuccowork also started moving in. ‘I didn’t choose to leave my country, I was compelled to leave,’ Mouhanad says. The wars mostly resulted in peace accords, and several new states were formed. The proprietor had detected the odor of gas escaping from the room and when the firemen burst in they found the same man whose life they had saved in a similar situation last February. Do not plan any travel if the Migration Agency has not asked you. If you were legally resident in Sweden before 1 January 2021, you must apply for the new residency permit (uppehållsstatus) by 30 September 2021. Many work migrants also returned back to their countries after a few years of work in Sweden, statistically accounting for both immigration and emigration. ‘I was not yet in danger, but I would have been because barely a year after I left, a few friends of mine became more engaged and committed in overthrowing the dictatorship,’ Silvio says. Migration in total – both to and from Sweden – grew after 2000. Whenever Carl Anell tries suicide, somebody smells the gas. Requi­re­ments for work permit If you are going to work for less than 90 … This is a translated and edited version of an original article by Ola Larsmo for Swedish daily DN. Currently, most of the migrants in Switzerland are from Spain and Italy and surely they are highly qualified. Here there are the biggest tree trunks in the world, I believe. Only Germany received more asylum seekers than Sweden in 2014, followed by Italy and France. The UK left the EU on 1 February 2020 but during the transition period, ending on 31 December 2020, EU law still applies to the UK. Zelga Gabriel was interviewed by Nathalie Rothschild, a journalist based in Stockholm. This record was only broken in 2011, when more than 51,000 emigrated from the country – but this time mostly to other European countries and some to the US and China. During the Bosnian War in the wake of the breakup of Yugoslavia, Goražde was one of six enclaves surrounded and besieged by the Bosnian Serb Army, with routine attacks on the civilian population. In Carl’s death certificate, the WPA was listed as his last employer. One reason for the decline in asylum applications after the peak immigration year of 2015 is changes in Swedish migration laws. RECOMMENDED: What we know about Sweden's potential language tests for new citizens. Kamran Assadzadeh was interviewed by Lola Akinmade Åkerström. While Zelga’s relatives had told her a lot about life in Sweden, coming here was still a shock. I got on with my life speaking Finnish and a little bit of English. In some of Sweden's smaller towns that have taken in significant numbers of refugees, the message of the alternative media and political right wing is … Sweden was mostly a country of emigration until refugees escaping World War II began to slowly change it back into a country of immigration, which is what it has been since then. Some worked in the fishing industry, while others, like Carl, found work in the burgeoning timber industry. You ask about the climate: it is as warm in winter as July in Sw[eden]…. Everyone in Finland knew that there were plenty of jobs in Sweden.’, ‘Everyone in Finland knew that there were plenty of jobs in Sweden.’. Credit... Nora Lorek for The New York Times Follow the timeline below to get the bigger picture of Sweden and migration. ‘I have always had a positive attitude and was able to quickly use my Farsi language skills to be an impromptu interpreter at work for Iranians who were having operations or who needed help translating medical terms.’, ‘As I see it, if you yourself have decided to move somewhere, then it’s self-evident to learn the language and culture, to make an effort to fit into society, to contribute, and to want to vote.’, Still, Sweden in many aspects remains intriguing to him. Though hardly new to most Nordic countries, radical-right parties have grown in popular support and political power in recent years. New asylum rules that will massively restrict immigrants “seeking asylum” in the United States from entering will be going into effect “in days, not weeks,” according to Director of Citizenship & Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli.. From 1 December, both the residence permit card and right of residence card issued by the Swedish Migration Agency will look different. Likewise, the far-right anti-immigration political party Sweden Democrats has been steadily seeing increased public support. They made up 10 percent (or 5,753 people) of immigrants in that period. Interestingly in 2011, more people emigrated from Sweden than in 1887, the peak year of emigration to the US. Right-wing voters on the rise 09:48. The European Commission’s Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) is one initiative aiming to help the most vulnerable people, in Sweden as well as in other EU member states. ‘It’s been a difficult time at first, as there were no Swedes here, but now things are fine.’. They were working class rather than farmers like earlier emigrants, and they ended up in large cities, such as Chicago – and Seattle. If you want more information, read about, 1887, the peak year of emigration to the US, Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD). Violence erupted and two Swedes were shot. As a comparison, the US and Canada combined took in 1,027 Iraqis the same year. Jorma Latva was interviewed by Rikard Lagerberg. Silvio decided to leave Chile for Sweden during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, who ruled the country between 1973 and 1990. Throughout the 1960s, Sweden was marked by a labour shortage to support its growing economy, which made industrial workers and public servants in particular demand. A fire department inhalator crew was called to Anell’s room in a hotel at 518 Dearborn St. early this morning. Visit business-sweden.se for information on how to trade with and invest in Sweden. Zelga was eventually forced to terminate her studies and return to her hometown, Hassakeh. His name is Carl Emanuel Anell, he’s twenty years old and comes from Asker in the Swedish province of Närke. His second reason has to do with Sweden’s reputation on human rights issues, which was very important to him. ‘When I moved here, I came from Chile which at that time was run by a dictatorship,’ Silvio notes. ‘We never believed that the war would last for such a long time. For Jorma, it would also lead to a new job, but once again in Sweden rather than Finland. At the age of 22 (at the time of writing), Zelga lives in a suburb just outside Södertälje, an industrial town south-west of Stockholm where around 37 per cent of residents are foreign-born and where a majority of the roughly 100,000 Assyrians who have emigrated to Sweden since the late 1960s live. After completing Swedish high school, she studied journalism at a local Folkhögskola, a form of adult education institution common in Sweden. He strives to keep an open mind and positive attitude towards his new life in order to adjust faster, trusting his Swedish friends who have explained different customs and everyday know-hows. He has worked with various Swedish newspapers, magazines and publications, and he is part of the sizable Chilean community who call Stockholm home. Young Swedes talk about how they would feel about being forced to leave their home country. Life in the lumber camps was extremely hierarchical. be 18 years of age or older have a permanent residence permit (a temporary residence permit is not applicable) or have a right of residence or residence card (applies to you if you are an EU citizen or a close relative of an EU citizen) have met the requirements for habitual residence (i.e. After four months in Sweden, he was granted permanent residency. UK nationals living in Sweden on 31 December 2020 will need to apply to the Swedish Migration Agency for residence status. U.S. Asylum Agents: 'Very Little Time' To Prepare Before New Immigration Rule The memo, written by the head of asylum at U.S. ‘Despite feeling bad and the guilty emotions I had about leaving my country, when I think logically about it, I believe I made the right decision,‘ he says. And every year before the summer is over, he misses Sweden. ‘I was obviously relieved. All of these people had found new homes in Seattle. ‘When I first arrived and saw all the greenery, I was in tears. ‘Speaking English made it easier for me to communicate with others since almost everybody speaks English here,’ he notes. Still, other aspects of the country’s migration policy remain welcoming, as this country profile explores. Kamran lives with his partner, but his extended family still lives in Iran. This website is administered by the Swedish Institute. Jorma thinks back to the times he has been offered a job in Finland. By June that same year, relatives already in Sweden were able to send them plane tickets from Turkey to Stockholm. You just work.’, Zelga has begun to learn the language – taking ‘Swedish for Immigrants’ classes – but is still finding it difficult to settle in. He does not entirely fit the stereotype of the Finnish work migrant. ‘Here, most companies have a flat organisational structure, with few bosses and less need for middle management. Eventually, Zelga’s family decided she would be safer in Sweden, where she arrived in August 2015. ‘Twice in the past forty years I have been close to accepting a job in Finland. ‘I remember seeing all the snow from the aeroplane just before arriving at Arlanda Airport outside of Stockholm. At 18, she was an interior design student at Aleppo University’s Faculty of Fine Arts. Those three years I promised my father still aren’t up. He would exceed the maximum amount of overtime hours and keep on going. Sweden struck me as an idealistic country, with resources there for everyone in society. In Sweden, they lived in different refugee camps and had short stints in the small northern towns of Gällö and Ånge before May 1993, when they moved to Borås where Vildana’s uncle and his family already lived. Before the war, I lived the same way as any Swedish child, with all the same opportunities as children here.’. Up to 50 per cent lost their jobs and those who were working lost wages. Carl had realised his mistake and was long gone by then. At swedenabroad.com you’ll find information about Swedish embassies and their activities. At the end of 2018, Sweden and all other UN countries adopted a world-first global migration agreement, which aims to improve the possibilities of legal migration and facilitate for countries that receive migrants. ‘This is something I couldn’t even imagine doing so I decided to leave,’ he says. It also provides legal assistance for Syrian refugees and those crossing the Lebanese borders illegally. For Jorma, the job situation was somewhat different. Meet Zelga Gabriel. Emigration from Sweden increased in 2019, more people moved to Sweden than from Sweden, and more people were born than died. He fled to Sweden in 2014. A cookie is stored on your device to give you a better experience of the website. * Over the last few years, the average waiting time has been very long. ‘I didn’t really move to Sweden for work, I moved here for a woman, a Finnish woman,’ he says with a laugh. His hands are among those that literally built America. Macedonia, having seceded from Yugoslavia in 1991, was safer, but her family wanted to flee the region altogether and continued all the way to Turkey. Travel abroad, for example to a neighbouring country 4. It was in January and full-blown winter.’, ‘A neighbour to my family in Tehran had told me about Sweden, that it was easier to integrate into the system to work and study there, but that I would have to learn the Swedish language first.’. Syria is my country; my roots are there. 7 March 2019. Linda looks forward to exploring the rest of the country and learning as much as she can about her new adoptive home. Most refugees apply for asylum, and it’s the Swedish Migration Agency that handles all asylum applications. Only 5 per cent of immigrants in 2019 came from Syria. The most important step in integration is learning the new country’s language, Silvio says. Born in Iran in 1962, Kamran served two years of compulsory military service during the Iran–Iraq war, which granted him legal permission to leave Iran in 1985. ‘Back then, there were no bureaucracies or permits, just to take the boat across and start working. 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She recently started studying Swedish for immigrants, language courses offered for free by municipalities. Photo: Arantxa Hurtado, This website uses cookies. But the integration issues need to be tackled in a more effective way, she adds. He was pleasantly surprised by the egalitarianism when he first arrived. Linda Samir Mutawi was interviewed by Lola Akinmade Åkerström. Carl was called a swamper, which meant he was far down the totem pole and worked clearing a road through the forest for the timber industry’s various vehicles, from steam locomotives to gas-driven trucks. At its height, a few hundred Swedes lived in Bayate. ‘I was a graduate student about to defend my Master’s thesis project when I found myself having to leave my country.’. lived in Sweden for a certain amount of time) Parents to face jail for child marriages. Good to hear that you and your family are healthy… It’s been a difficult time at first, as there were no Swedes here, but now things are fine. ‘In Montenegro, the police were known to arrest Muslims and bring them to the Bosnian Serb Army, so we were still not safe and continued to flee into Macedonia.’. He travelled steerage class, the cheapest ticket available. Today, they have three grown kids and four grandchildren, all of them Vallentuna residents. Go to visitsweden.com to discover the wealth of tourist attractions that Sweden has to offer. ‘If I had stayed, I probably would have been pressured (by friends) into various demonstrations and protests, and then my life would have been in direct danger.’. The rise of asylum seekers began in the 1980s when Sweden saw some of its highest immigration from countries like Iran and Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Eritrea and Somalia, as well as South American countries with repressive regimes. Globally, there were 272 million international migrants in 2019. In September 1980, Iraq launched an attack on Iran that marked the start of a bloody eight-year war between the two countries. The security and order that I wanted.’. He apparently died of natural causes. Immigration Rules: Index The rules are divided into different documents. ‘It is a privilege to be a resident of Sweden where people are respected regardless of religion, belief, colour, appearance and nationality,’ Mouhanad says. The US-led invasion of Iraq, which started in 2003, led to yet another wave of Iraqis migrating to Sweden. Particular conditions applied and the possibility was time-limited. The US had decided to build an air force – and the planes of that era were biplanes made of spruce wood. One of the inscriptions reads: ‘Carl Emanuel Anell, Immigrated from Asker, Sweden in 1909.’. In his youth, he sometimes worked through his summer holiday, annoying union representatives. ‘It was both a relief and painful to leave friends and families,’ remembers Silvio, who moved to Sweden with ‘the hope to find new horizons for a better life’. The differences were less apparent. It’s not far from where Carl had attempted to take his life a decade earlier. But when you know that you might die at any time, then that is like you’re being forced.’. Mouhanad’s opportunity to live a safer and more comfortable life came when he was granted a Schengen visa and then residency in 2014. Photo: Lola Akinmade Åkerström. At the end of 1908, Carl stepped onto the train to Copenhagen. The Swedish population grew by more than 100,000 in 2014. A law change in 2018 made it possible for young people to apply for a residence permit for studies at gymnasiet, i.e. I try to see my life here as a new chance,’ she says. For example, take a pic… He is proud of his craft, and still loves to work. It meant I could begin my studies and really plan for the future.’ He also found a job providing assistance and care to elderly at a geriatric clinic. ‘Coming to Sweden to stay gave me security. Zelga is considering both psychology and social work, something that she can use to help other Assyrians, either here in Sweden or back home in Syria. On 9 January 1909, Carl arrived in New York. Many of them come from Romania and Bulgaria, and many of them are Roma. ‘(But) I always thought Stockholm was one of the prettiest cities I have been to. New statement of changes to the Immigration Rules: HC 2099. Originally Palestinian, she comes from Jordan where she grew up and her parents reside. This time mostly to neighbouring Norway, Denmark and other European countries, but also to the US and China. ‘My friends who reached Sweden before me told me about the good treatment and respect of human rights here,’ he says. In 2015–2016 Sweden saw a peak in immigration. The new rules enable employers in Sweden to look for workers from third countries if they are unavailable in Sweden or any other EU countries. Every fifth person of the current Swedish population was born in another country. After the war, Carl’s life returned to what it had been before: simple bachelor rooms, jobs in the forest. Södertälje, a small town just south of Stockholm, is a case in point, and an extreme one at that. Read more about working in Sweden at workinginsweden.se. It took around a week altogether. Photo: Lola Akinmade Åkerström, Mouhanad Sharabati refused to join the Syrian regime forces in their war against the Syrian people. The peak year of the great emigration was 1887, when more than 50,000 people left Sweden – most of them to the Americas. ‘I knew I had to start over in a foreign country with a foreign language. ‘My Swedish husband and I met at the Cannes Film Festival back in 2011 during a work reception,’ Linda says. ... Sweden approves new labour immigration law. ‘During the war, there were so many restrictions and the universities were closed.’. upper secondary school, even if their asylum application had been rejected. The inspection of the premises revealed seven empty whiskey and wine bottles near the deceased. ‘Perhaps I should settle somewhere in between, like Åland (Finnish Swedish-speaking island group, editor’s note).’ But after a few moments consideration, he says: ‘No, I still have some time here. ‘After all, I lived in Iran until I was 23, so part of me will always be very Iranian.’. She remembers her exit from Goražde as swift and unexpected. Meet Jorma Latva, who moved from Finland during the peak of the big work migration to Sweden, as a 21-year-old in 1968. He began studying literature, but when it was time to renew his visa, the French authorities wanted him to apply for a student visa from the French Embassy in Iran. Thousands of Syrians have fled to Europe in search of better lives, including many close friends of Mouhanad. Then the catastrophe hit. This report analyzes the role immigration has played in their rise and recent electoral fortunes in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. In the summer of 1968, fresh off completing his military service, Jorma was eager to reunite with his girlfriend Ulla, who had moved to Sweden for a nursing job just a couple of months earlier. ‘If it was just up to me, I would never have left. This makes for a change since usually, most people moving to Sweden are actually returning Swedes. He was expecting to be forced into retirement after turning 67. ‘Most of the elderly I worked with couldn’t speak any language besides Swedish, so this forced me to learn Swedish quicker. In Sweden, high-skilled migrants are being deported by the Migration Agency on the grounds of small technical mistakes. AB Svenska Fläktfabriken, an industry leader on air treatment, happened to be on a recruitment trip in Finland and offered Jorma a welding job. In 1908, Carl Emanuel Anell left Sweden for the US – but first, he had his picture taken. At first I handled the axe and the saw, but now I am hauling lumber. Her husband and his family and friends are mostly Swedish, and she already had a few Swedish friends prior to moving. ... Friday, 20 December 2019. For a few years starting in 1971, Sweden had more emigration than immigration. Photo: Aline Lessner, ‘I left Syria for my family’s sake more than for my own,’ Zelga Gabriel says. He wrote home from the logging camp at Eagle Gorge in August 1909: Thank you for your dearly welcome letter. Learning the language has helped him socialise and make friends with locals, and he feels he has already integrated well into Swedish society. Why would I need a team leader to tell me how to weld? Every year, thousands of modern-day migrants move to Sweden to be with their partners. Thank you for your last two letters and for the money I finally received and for all the trouble you’ve had… instead of raising sugar cane, I’ve put everything into the land, as I plan to leave this place soon. ‘I remember seeing all the snow from the aeroplane just before arriving at Arlanda Airport outside of Stockholm. He chose Sweden because his sister was already living there at the time. Other key immigrant groups were Jews, who started arriving in the 1700s, alongside French artists and intellectuals. Before the young man left for the US, he visited Frida Welin’s photography studio to have one last picture taken for his family. Almost 29,000 people from countries outside of the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA) moved to Sweden for work during the 2000s. 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