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'Birthplace Sweden but differences remain'

Published: 26 May 2010 15:10 GMT+02:00
Updated: 26 May 2010 15:10 GMT+02:00

Swedish-born children of foreign-born parents are faced with lifelong challenges that differ greatly from those faced by people with two Swedish-born parents, a new report from Statistics Sweden (SCB) shows.

The SCB report entitled "Born in Sweden - still different? The importance of parents' country of birth," has studied family and childbirth patterns, mortality and movements of people born in Sweden who have foreign-born parents.

The report indicates that Swedes with foreign parents less inclined to start families, suffer lower life expectancy, live in less prosperous areas and are more likely to move out of Sweden than people of Swedish ancestry.

"Women and men with parents from countries outside of Europe often choose a partner with the same background. They are less inclined to have children than children of Sweden-born parents," the report states.

The group are more inclined to move overseas and not return and are more likely to live in lower income areas if they do stay in Sweden, SCB figures show.

Being the offspring of parents born outside of Sweden also impacts on how long a Sweden-born man or woman can expect to live.

"In certain ages the fatality risk is higher for those with two foreign-born parents. This is especially clear among among children and those aged 20-29," the report states.

There are also differences in educational achievement and status in the workplace, with children of foreign-born parents less likely to complete high school. They are shown to be less likely to achieve senior positions in the workplace and more likely to be employed in jobs for which they are overqualified.

The number of Swedish-born people with at least one foreign-born parent is rising, with the number expanding from 300,000 in 1970 to over a million in 2008. Seven percent of Sweden's population currently has one foreign-born parent and four percent have two.

"In the group where both parents are born outside of Sweden it has previously been more common for the parents to have been born in another Scandinavian country, but now the group with both parents born outside of Europe is larger," said Lotta Persson at SCB to The Local on Wednesday.

Persson told The Local however that the group with one parent born overseas is still greater for those with a parent born in one of the other Scandinavian countries.

While Statistics Sweden figures subdivide the groups further into birth country, the group "children of foreign-born parents" (either one or both) in this report applies to a place of birth in any country outside of Sweden, including Scandinavia and Europe, unless otherwise stated.

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17:01 May 26, 2010 by amirhosein
and why?

any explanation as to why it is so?
20:43 May 26, 2010 by zooeden
Is this guy and his research for real???
21:09 May 26, 2010 by FACTSPOLICE
What utter nonsense!
21:58 May 26, 2010 by beam_me_up
Sweden hasn't even had large numbers of immigrants long enough to know how long their offspring will live. This is complete donkey doo! It's nationalistic. I wonder how all those Swedes who emigrated to the US managed to live long enough outside of Sweden to have so many children---who helped to populate the US (and helping to create all of those "damn Americans"!).
22:03 May 26, 2010 by grantike
last week was about reports on immigrants,this week again i guess still same

In 1993, 25 percent replied that they would not like an immigrant from another "continent" marrying into the family, this figure had dropped to 12 percent in the autumn.

what makes the different,this is somewhat baseless.i dont get it.get better news not all this ratios and reports
00:05 May 27, 2010 by PonceDeLeon
Damn immigrants, now they are boosting the mortality statistics as well. Please Sweden, can't you just "love me" for who I am?? I think it is about time you took off your mask...
03:40 May 27, 2010 by here for the summer
Another problem with things being unequal. I have heard the Red party has a plan to fix all unequal things. The 1st thing they will fix is the unfairness of height. They want all shorter people to wear stilts and a big production to make all these stilts. But the green party objects due to the damage to the trees and now they think it is better to cut the legs of the tall people .
07:38 May 27, 2010 by WelshSwede
@here for the summer - cracked me up. So true also. The tall people would have to get a ticket in order for them to get their logs cut down, as standing in a que would ne a non starter because it would leave themselves confused!
07:48 May 27, 2010 by flintis
What a load of old bull, 2 weeks ago they were stating that the birth rate among these "immigrant" people was more than twice that of the native Swedes.

Talk about propaganda & brain washing, SCB is that the Swedish equivalent of the Stasi?
08:42 May 27, 2010 by byke
I can understand the concept of the SCB but I am not sure how they could actively measure it.

But more than anything what SCB seem to be trying to purvey is that cultural diversity in Sweden is what divides a "Swede" into a 2 tier society.

I think it will take a good 30-40+ years for Sweden to catch up with countries like the UK who have established multiculturalism from a large amount of diversity.
08:45 May 27, 2010 by Kronaboy

Basically what it boils down to is Muslim immigrants (unlike European and none Muslim Asian immigrants) tend to be less integrated with each successive generation, I have attached a report from the US military which gives a very basic outline of what is happening, you will need to down load the report with Adobe:

18:24 May 27, 2010 by insect
Being the offspring of parents born outside of Sweden also impacts on how long a Sweden-born man or woman can expect to live. "In certain ages the fatality risk is higher for those with two foreign-born parents. This is especially clear among among children and those aged 20-29," the report states.

Can somebody tell me if I misunderstood this statement. To me, it seems that many kids with two foreign born parents will NOT live past the age of 29 if they stay in Sweden? If that is the case, there should be a mass exodus of foreigners if they want their kids to live longer.
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