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Immigrants fuel upswing in company start ups

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 9 Oct 2009, 12:57

Published: 09 Oct 2009 12:57 GMT+02:00

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Foreign-born small business owners account for 11 percent of all businesses with fewer than 50 staff and a turnover in excess of 200,000 kronor ($28,591) currently in operation in Sweden.

Of the 54,000 small businesses run by foreign-born residents, 38,000 were owned by men.

In 2008 the group classified as "foreign-born residents of Sweden" accounted for 13 percent of new start ups. In many counties across Sweden, they are over-represented in relation to population demographics, according to the report compiled by The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket).

While the agency underlines that the similarities between owners of small businesses born outside of Sweden and those born in the country were greater than the differences, the report details some divergence in the respective groups.

Foreign-born business owners are often more highly educated than their Swedish counterparts.

They are also more often engaged in the retail, hotel and restaurant sectors while Sweden-born business owners are more commonly found within manufacture and construction.

Almost two-thirds of foreign-born business owners are based in the larger city areas and in the counties that surround them.

The county of Västmanland has the highest proportion of foreign-owned small businesses, with 16 percent, while constituting only 12 percent of the population.

Foreign-born business people are over-represented in relation to population demographics in the counties of Örebro, Dalarna, Gävleborg, Västernorrland and Värmland.

While most small company start ups by Swedish-born and foreign-born owners are backed by personal savings, the report concludes that foreigners run a slightly greater risk of being refused loans.

The report is based on statistics presented in a survey called "Företagens villkor och verklighet" ('The realities and conditions of business'), compiled by the agency together with Statistics Sweden.

The survey asked business owners about the extent of challenges they faced, divided into ten criteria, when setting up a business.

Swedish-born and foreign-born business people had similar views on eight of the criteria but differed when it came to "loans" and "external capital", with the latter experiencing a greater obstacle to growth.

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To work independently is the most common factor cited by foreign-born residents for starting their own businesses. They also cite the risk of unemployment more commonly than their Swedish-born counterparts as a reason for going it alone.

Among the younger generations in Sweden the entrepreneurial spirit of foreign-born residents is most strongly illustrated. 5.6 percent of those aged 18-30-years-old and born outside of Sweden run their own businesses, while only 3.7 percent of the Sweden-born in the same age group do so.

The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth, which replaced Nutek in March 2009, has been commissioned by the government to work for an improvement in the conditions faced by foreign-born residents of Sweden seeking to start up a business.

The programme will run from 2008-2010 and will, among other things, address financing, business development networks, guidance and the compilation of statistics and knowledge about the situation on an annual basis.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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17:33 October 9, 2009 by Tutu
I am waiting to hear DreEstwd and Pauli reation to this report that is not only true in Sweden but in Norway, US and UK
19:07 October 9, 2009 by voidplay
It could be because people who are exposed to different systems could easily figure out the pros and cons of the buisness environment. And what could seem ordinary in Sweden might seem like a new opportunity. Also the pressures of making it in a new land might force people to take greater risks.

I was expecting greater numbers, the differences are very small.
19:09 October 9, 2009 by DreEstwd
Measure it up against the amount of money spent by the govt. on welfare for foreign-born people in this country. I guarantee you it's a huge loss for Sweden.
20:26 October 9, 2009 by Tutu
CAn anyone show me the statistics of those that get welfare package in Sweden is is the immigrants or natives (according to DreEstwd). Let us consider the fact that Sweden has long been known as one of the biggest welfare state in europe. Sweden have the one of the highest sick leave number in europe. WELFARE is Swedish middle name, why do we want to push it on immigrants.
11:09 October 10, 2009 by Douglas Garner
For those of us who attend SFI or ComVux who do NOT receive money from the government not to work, it is a quick way to employment providing you have the resources and skills to support the effort.
13:56 October 10, 2009 by Rick Methven
I believe that a lot of immigrants start their own business in Sweden because it is a quick way to start earning a living without first having to get proficient enough in Swedish to get a job with a Swedish employer. If the business requires proficiency in Swedish, then you can hire a native Swede to fill the gap until your own Swedish is up to speed.

Glad to see that DreEstwd is still spouting through the hole in his backside as usual
16:16 October 10, 2009 by glamshek
Of course if you stop all openings of the pressure cooker, it busrts. If you close the door of Official company jobs for foriegners, they will have to find a way out of it whether its interpreneurship or anything else.
16:52 October 10, 2009 by DreEstwd
Good post, Pauli- It was obvious upon the reading of the title of this article that it was yet another piece of PC rahrah-ism that will eventually lead to Sweden's downfall. Rick Meth and the PC brigade doesn't bother me at all. He/They never provides any facts, statistics or proof of anything that they claim and can only put forth insults or try to suppress the opinion of others. It's comical at this point.
17:05 October 10, 2009 by Rick Methven

It is the facists like you and pauli that never provide facts

You just spout the same old racist Sh*t. You guys are so really F*cked up. Get out of Sweden we dont need your type here
17:15 October 10, 2009 by craicen
How many of these businesses are set up to launder money and hide other such criminal activities?

A friend of mine in the restuarant business tells me when a restuarant goes up for sale that an immigrant (mostly Asian) will turn up with a suitcase full of money and buy it with cash whereas the Swede will go to the bank to see if he can get a loan. Where does said immigrant, a poor helpless refugee to be sure, get a suitcase full of cash?

In America in the 20's and 30's a myth was created called the Mafia. It is nothing other than expended family clans who work together to prey upon individualistic Westerners (by the way more power to them, we are so weak we deserve it). In this case it is no different.

I wonder how many of those suitcases full of cash are stolen foreign aid money from Western counties. Western man gets what he deserves for being a weak coward, colonization from those he once had the stomach to rule.
17:58 October 10, 2009 by Byggare Bob
The concept of "PC" is not the sole domain of any particular group, it is simply the reproduction of arguments/prejudices that are perceived to belong to one's own group - any group.

Pauli and others are just so predictable. The word immigrant is mentioned in a any article or forum and then, like a red rag to a brainless bull, in they come convinced that they are the persecuted moral majority.
18:50 October 10, 2009 by Rick Methven

I have just watched aBBC Panorama program on 'The Pushback' Re the control of Illegal immigration into Europe.

Ther is a wonderful opportunity for you 2 in Italy. Belesconi has legalised citizen patrols. You can go to Italy and put on a Brown/bnlack Short and your Bovver boots and go kick some black ass without being attacked by us so called PC brigade.

Send me your bank details and I will pay your fare - for a guarantee that you never show your ugly mugs here again
07:16 October 11, 2009 by Marc the Texan
How about a breakdown on what countries the immigrants come from. I'd bet that the most entrepreneurial are from the US, UK and Australia.
07:46 October 11, 2009 by boby
To all those who claim that immigrants develop the Swedish economy. You know very well that the asylum seekers and the other immigrants coming from the muslim countries have no qualifications nor abilities to develop and real contributing business, we are talking about people from very low social economic background, that can at best start a kebab shop or a livs shop.
10:27 October 11, 2009 by nevon
The funny thing is that neither DreEstwd nor Pauli are actually Swedish. They're "immigrants" who've moved here and are now mooching on the precious Swedish health-care system while wasting time being racist on the internet.

At least immigrants form the middle-east open kebab stores and cheap shops. All white supremacists do is sit on the internet all day and whine and cry about problems that only exist in their heads.

It would be more hilarious if it wasn't so sad.

Pauli and DreEstwd are the two homeless people who live across the church and wear giant signs saying "THE END IS NIGH"; everyone knows they've been there forever, no one takes them seriously, and most importantly, the world hasn't ended despite decades and decades of their alarmist drama.
11:08 October 11, 2009 by rob582
As a foreign born permanent resident in Sweden, I have recently started up my own company so I'm sure I'm included in these statistics. I've lived in Sweden for 5 years but have worked for the same Swedish registered company for 8. My decision to work for myself is due to the deep rooted cultural practice of non Swedish persons reaching upper management positions in Swedish companies. I have paid my taxes, been a member of a union and now find myself frustrated enough to go it alone. Even though I hail from the UK I can see that the Nationalists in this particular thread are narrow minded bigots who are obviously slaving away in some menial position and are 'up in arms' that foreigners can work for themselves and have a more independent lifestyle.
16:11 October 11, 2009 by HejHej
@DreEstwd... if some divine power gives you THE CONTROL, I can see (1.6 billion) humans (Muslims) wont exist next moment. Do not be too much obessed as it is again not good for your heath. Learn to live with all faiths around you.
18:22 October 11, 2009 by craicen
Lets see what services do the entrepenors so selflessly give to Sweden:

1 All that dirty money needs to be washed

2 Chemist cooking up crack, meth, hash and heroin

3 Dating services offered for lonely men

4 Moving of stolen goods that would otherwise gather dust or be a burden on the environment

5 Stimulation of the auto industry by helping unwitting Swedes realize they really needed a new car by removing their old car to another country

6 Teaching young women and girls to not be racists and to release their sexual repression by grabbing them in a park and bringing them to a gangbang

7 Stimulation of the security business by creating havoc in the streets

8 Stimulation of jobs in the police and jsutice system by doing all the above.

What would we do without them?

That being said, I know plenty of immigrants from all courners of the earth who as individuals I like, even if they give tacit support to some of the above (not the rapists part) or benefit from such criminal activities.
21:38 October 11, 2009 by Rick Methven

Wrong,Wrong Wrong

1.I live in Linköping (population 142,000) - 5th largest Swedish city. Immigrants from your list od Muslim Conrtries about 9,000. Practacing Muslims +/- 2,000

Next wrong to come later -suspense killing you yet?
23:35 October 11, 2009 by nevon
DreEstwd can't differentiate between practicing muslims, non-practicing muslims, secular muslims or fundamentalist islamists.

In fact, his reasoning pretty much goes like this; If it's brown, it's a moooosleeem and it's committing crimeeees! Huuurrrrr! That's what ma pappa told me on our wee farm in Alabama.

Why don't you go back to whatever backwater redneck town you came from. The 21st century is obviously overwhelming you.
00:14 October 12, 2009 by KamiZ
yes why don't we kill all the muslims just like the Nazis did the jews? hmmm...too much in number? not to worry we have many new and sophisticated weapons now. there is one teeny tiny bit of a problem though - ITS MURDER.but you'd still like to do it wouldn't you Pauli Ps and DreEstwd?

why are you hate mongering? this world is created for all of us. live and let live I say. you're unhappy the immigrants have trouble integrating. well let me tell you the reason: its because of rascist neo-Nazis like you and DreEstwd. this article shows how they're doing good for the Swedish economy and you still manage to put a hateful rascist spin to it. you guys make me sick!
11:43 October 12, 2009 by KamiZ
yes indeed. the days of the "PC junta" are numbered. because they'll be wiped out by the Swedish Nazis. the whites shall rule over their country again and all that crap. heil Pauli Ps or whatever your name is. you will indeed bring glory to the supreme white race
12:36 October 12, 2009 by DreEstwd

No, if I had control it would not involve the killing of anyone. Repatriation of violent criminals? Yes. Cutting off Muslim immigration from the Middle East? Yes. And there's a lot more to that plan but I don't expect you to to even read or understand it. What would be your plan? Sharia law?

@ Rick Meth-

Linköping, huh? Well, there's a real hotbed of crime. LOL. Do yourself a favor and go to the ghettos of Stockholm, Göteborg or Malmö and see for yourself. Your opinions obviously have no basis in fact, numbers or real-life experience. Or you can just watch the videos posted in this thread to get an idea. But everyone knows you're not interested real proof much less other people's points of view.


Wow, another solid argument from you. Have you ever considered putting down anything to back up your arguments? Didn't think so.


Slaughtering Muslims, huh? You are quite the sicko. Try taking a look at was actually written in the thread and quit making things up.

I'm not sure what all of you have against other people having an opinion different from your own but it is downright scary. Perhaps you should consider a life in North Korea or the Middle East where people of your mindset are leaders in those countries. I think that it would be much more enjoyable for you.
17:13 October 12, 2009 by Rick Methven

You are a bigoted idiot who I shall, after this response ignore, as You are so blinded by your hate, that you will never be persuaded to see any other view than your own. You are just a stupid Fascist thug And yes you are a racist and a criminal under Swedish law.

You are guilty of "hets mot folkgrupp" In Sweden, the law makes it illegal to publicly make statements that threaten or express disrespect for an ethnic group or similar group regarding their race, skin colour, national or ethnic origin, faith or sexual orientation. Your statements regarding Muslims certainly come under the disrespect of faith category.

I am starting a movement to have you and your Nazi cronies deported back to whatever hole you crawled out of.

Any body want to sign a petition to have DreEstwd deported sign below
17:20 October 12, 2009 by KamiZ

yeah you're the bigoted rascist and i'm the sicko?

@Rick Methven

completely agree with you man. i say lets start a petition on the petition site
13:34 October 16, 2009 by Beynch
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