A voice for newcomers in Sweden


"Sweden is a totally different world," says Mohammed Elsawi, as he talks to The Local Voices about culture shock and making friends abroad. READ
Stockholm resident Refat Rothschild has ditched his drugs, his old name, and his old religion. READ
A Syrian refugee explains why he dropped everything to write a book specifically designed to help children fleeing war. READ
"The solution is 'education, education, education. Swedish managers need to be educated and inspired.'” READ
When Laras Pinji started looking for jobs in Sweden she kept running into brick walls, but once she had grasped the meaning of ‘lagom’ she soon found her way into the world of work. READ
Syrian newcomer Bashar Nouri just wanted to get out of the Södertälje suburbs and meet some Swedes. But then he stumbled into a job at Renault, stayed in Södertälje, and he couldn’t be happier. READ
Last year many newcomers couldn’t get away fast enough from northern Sweden, but one ski resort has convinced lots of refugees to stay, or even to return. READ
With Sweden’s immigration debates focusing mainly on lucrative tech startups, exploited berry pickers, and an unprecedented influx of asylum seekers, migrant workers in the middle ground are grappling with their own problems but struggling to get their voices heard. READ
A 19-year-old refugee is hoping to change people's perception of Syrians and refugees - by making porn. READ
Artist Nada Ali saw her creativity stifled by the trauma of Syria’s war, but relocating to Sweden to take part in a leadership programme helped put her career back on track. READ
Swedish ministers, the US ambassador, and organizations promoting gender equality and refugee integration met in Stockholm last week to discuss the role of refugee women inin their host country. The Local Voices was there. READ
Ratiba Hanoush, 28, left Syria for Turkey in 2012 before arriving in Sweden last year. She admits that she still feels like an outsider, but explains why she is happier here than at home. READ
Closeness, selflessness, and pleasure; falling in love is a strange but wonderful human experience. READ
Syrian programmer Samer Mlattialy got an IT job after just over a year in Sweden. His new homeland has all the ingredients to be a global startub hub, he believes, but it needs to embrace more foreign talent and fix a couple of serious bottlenecks. READ
Two months after his arrival in Sweden in 2015, 31-year-old Syrian Zaher Barood was depressed and friendless. He questioned why he had moved here, and what he was doing to build a new life. READ
One of the managers of the White Helmets - Syria's civil defence league - tells The Local Voices how winning the Nobel Peace Prize nomination "would have shown that the international community stand with the desperate people of Syria", but that they are committed to continuing their work, rescuing civilians from rubble and destruction. READ
Some classmates mocked her Swedish and prospective employers disliked her veil, but Najat Benyahia explains why she’s proud of graduating from university and has no intention of shedding her hijab. READ
When Georgian journalist Sofia Tetradze started digging into Isis-affiliated extremist movements in her country, she found herself in danger. Sweden became her escape route. READ
Olle Linton, a teacher from Stockholm, founded a Facebook community to help teachers deal with racism in schools. He tells The Local Voices how it works, and why it's so important. READ
People said he was crazy, but Anas al-Sarmini made a beeline for Sweden because he so desperately wanted to play football after escaping the devastation in Syria. READ