Sweden needs to RAISE TAXES to fund migrants, MP reveals as ‘integration DOESN’T work
SWEDISH taxpayers will see hikes in their contributions to cope with the cost of the European migrant crisis.
And those who require state welfare could be forced see cuts if reforms cannot be implemented, it has been claimed.
Politicians were reacting to a report that reveals it takes an average of nine years for half of the migrants to find work in the country.
Now Riksdag parliamentarians say the current system does not work and that the national legislature has to step in to change the status quo.
Moderate Party politician Niklas Wykman, 35, who represents Stockholm county and was voted into parliament in 2014, says female migrants are worst hit by the jobs gap.
In an editorial published alongside councillor Alexander Abenius, the politicians say that integration is not working in the country.
And they say more has to be done to tackle crime because Sweden is at serious risk of decline.
In the opinion piece published in the newspaper Göteborgs-Posten both men say radical change has to materialise and soon.
They say: "To manage and utilise immigration, it is crucial that integration works.
"It does not in Sweden.
"According to new figures from Statistics Sweden it takes nine years before half of the new arrivals have a job.
"For women, the outcome is even worse.
"If this is allowed this to continue, Sweden will have to choose between higher taxes and cuts in welfare or parallel societies emerging".
In 2013, immigration reached its highest level since records began with 115,845 people arriving in the country.
In that year the total population grew by 88,971.
A total of 81,300 applied for asylum in 2014, which was an increase of 50 per cent compared to 2013, and the most since 1992.
However at the height of the European migrant crisis in 2015 that then shot up to 163,000.
The Swedish Migration Agency also says 35,400 unaccompanied minors arrived in the country in that year.
Politicians are also proposing all migrants have "mandatory" language training in return for a "daily allowance".
And they say that reforms are required to allow for "increased security to combat crime".
The news comes after a in-depth report by think tank Demos found Sweden has transformed from a pro-refugee country to an anti-migrant nation fearing their culture is under threat.
In September 2015, thousands of people took to the streets with banners saying “Refugees Welcome” while Prime Minister Stefan Löfven spoke about not building walls and offering help “when need is great”.
However last October, his government decided to implement border controls.
Last week a 458-page study into populism in Europe found an increasing use of “exclusionary nationalist rhetoric” in 2015 and 2016 by Swedish politicians across the spectrum.
The Demos report highlighted changes in public attitudes.