Immigrant Swedes in ‘brain drain’

Unemployment is forcing many Swedes with immigrant backgrounds to leave the country to find work.

Hundred Swedes with roots in Iran and Somalia have moved to Britain in the last two years. Some 200 Somali-Swedes moved to the UK in each of the past two years. In 2000 the figure was around 40, Swedish Radio reports.

Many of those leaving Sweden are well-educated young men, who have been unable to find jobs in Sweden.

The report quoted an economist, who said that immigrants of African background have particular difficulties finding work in Sweden.

“This is a failure on Sweden’s part,” said Abdullahi Aress, chief analyst at the Swedish Integration Board.

“We have resources, we have people who are prepared to work, have the desire and the competence to work, and we can’t use them.”