He spent three years studying general nursing and one additional year specialising in intensive care education in order to work as a specialist. In Sweden, she applied for asylum, and got her residence permit after six months. He does not entirely fit the stereotype of the Finnish work migrant. As soon as he was cleared to leave the country, Kamran went to Toulouse, France, on a tourist visa to live with the sons of an old colleague of his father’s. For roughly two years, he worked with the elderly in the evenings and on weekends while studying Swedish and English during the day. Photo: Frida Welin. In 2014 every fifth immigrant was from Syria and in 2015 almost every fourth, making Syrians the single largest immigrant group. After the war, Carl’s life returned to what it had been before: simple bachelor rooms, jobs in the forest. In the summer of 1968, fresh off completing his military service, Jorma was eager to reunite with his girlfriend Ulla, who had moved to Sweden for a nursing job just a couple of months earlier. There’s just more work freedom in Sweden.’. He chose Sweden for two main reasons. I got on with my life speaking Finnish and a little bit of English. Photo: Lola Akinmade Åkerström, Silvio Durán Michea is one of many Chileans that fled to Sweden during Pinochet’s 17-year regime. The differences were less apparent. As a comparison, the US and Canada combined took in 1,027 Iraqis the same year. ‘I was obviously relieved. Every year, thousands of modern-day migrants move to Sweden to be with their partners. What can Sweden do? Every fifth person of the current Swedish population was born in another country. I have some savings in the American–Scandinavian bank, but as I intend to return to Sweden, if I have anything left over, I will send it to you…. Do not plan any travel if the Migration Agency has not asked you. At the time, Jorma did not speak Swedish. ‘In Montenegro, the police were known to arrest Muslims and bring them to the Bosnian Serb Army, so we were still not safe and continued to flee into Macedonia.’. Again they revived him and sent him to the hospital, where it was ascertained that he had been drinking prior to turning on the gas. Zelga is Assyrian, the Christian minority indigenous to the Middle East that has suffered attacks from ISIS recently. Gale Wilson. He strives to keep an open mind and positive attitude towards his new life in order to adjust faster, trusting his Swedish friends who have explained different customs and everyday know-hows. Silvio decided to leave Chile for Sweden during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, who ruled the country between 1973 and 1990. Relatively few returned to Chile after Pinochet was ousted from power in 1990, and today Sweden is home to the third largest Chilean community outside of Chile, after Argentina and the US. Meet Kamran Assadzadeh, an intensive care nurse at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm. If the Swedish Migration Agency requires proof that you are currently not in Sweden: 1. He returned to Seattle and again worked in the forest. 21 December 2018. ‘If I had stayed, I probably would have been pressured (by friends) into various demonstrations and protests, and then my life would have been in direct danger.’. Emigration from Sweden increased in 2019, more people moved to Sweden than from Sweden, and more people were born than died. Kamran Assadzadeh was interviewed by Lola Akinmade Åkerström. His hands are among those that literally built America. Sweden granted permanent residence permits to all Syrians who were in Sweden seeking asylum. From 1 December, both the residence permit card and right of residence card issued by the Swedish Migration Agency will look different. be 18 years of age or older have a permanent residence permit (a temporary residence permit is not applicable) or have a right of residence or residence card (applies to you if you are an EU citizen or a close relative of an EU citizen) have met the requirements for habitual residence (i.e. New immigration routes have opened for applications to work, live and study in the UK. The neighbors report that the deceased had been intoxicated the entire week. At the age of 22 (at the time of writing), Zelga lives in a suburb just outside Södertälje, an industrial town south-west of Stockholm where around 37 per cent of residents are foreign-born and where a majority of the roughly 100,000 Assyrians who have emigrated to Sweden since the late 1960s live. Many international media covered the disturbances. Plan your trip according to the deadline the Migration Agency has given you or ask for more time. And her heart remains there, Zelga says. The US-led invasion of Iraq, which started in 2003, led to yet another wave of Iraqis migrating to Sweden. Visit business-sweden.se for information on how to trade with and invest in Sweden. There is a lot more trust in workers and their skills, without middle management meddling. For Jorma, it would also lead to a new job, but once again in Sweden rather than Finland. But no migration event has left a bigger mark on Sweden’s cultural landscape than the huge emigration of Swedes to the Americas and Australia from 1850 up until the 1930s. She understood later on that it had been her parents’ only choice to get her and her siblings out of the city in time. ‘When there’s peace, you think about things like beauty and design. The peak year of the great emigration was 1887, when more than 50,000 people left Sweden – most of them to the Americas. The US had decided to build an air force – and the planes of that era were biplanes made of spruce wood. Zelga says: ‘When there’s peace, you think about things like beauty and design. Perhaps he worked on the Grand Coulee Dam in Seattle, perhaps on a road. Zelga chose to settle in Södertälje because she had family there and there is a large Assyrian community in the town. She points to the fact that Sweden has an organised and modern system that works. He ended up settling down near Stockholm. It's a joint project between: Copyright © ... Sweden approves new labour immigration law. Read about the Swedish asylum regulations at migrationsverket.se. He was expecting to be forced into retirement after turning 67. Macedonia, having seceded from Yugoslavia in 1991, was safer, but her family wanted to flee the region altogether and continued all the way to Turkey. The most important step in integration is learning the new country’s language, Silvio says. He wrote home from the logging camp at Eagle Gorge in August 1909: Thank you for your dearly welcome letter. She recently started studying Swedish for immigrants, language courses offered for free by municipalities. Vildana left in April 1992 under great duress, but in time before the bombing of the city. AB Svenska Fläktfabriken, an industry leader on air treatment, happened to be on a recruitment trip in Finland and offered Jorma a welding job. Press release from Matilda Ernkrans, Ministry of Education and Research, The Government OfficesSE-103 33 StockholmSwedenSwitchboard: +46 8 405 10 00. He was probably an ideal immigrant: young, healthy and he had $50 in his pocket, as well as an address to an acquaintance in Seattle, where he intended to find a job in the timber industry. ‘The beauty of it is that I feel I have the freedom and power to fight for equality for all the people living here,’ Vildana says. This is the official site of Sweden, offering you the facts and stories of our country. Founded in 1934, it employed over three million unemployed men and women, often those with no education, to build bridges and roads, and to create parks. She spends most of her time with relatives and friends with the same background as her – Assyrians from Syria. David was aware that his brother had been inducted into the Marines when the US had entered World War I. Carl’s induction took place in February 1918. ‘Some people say we weren’t forced to flee Syria; that it was our choice to leave. In Carl’s death certificate, the WPA was listed as his last employer. War changes that.’. ‘I love the fact that there is such a work–life balance, and the system is so efficient.’, ‘I have also lived in Europe and the Middle East and have travelled and lived in a number of countries, so I adapt easily to new environments and new people,’ Linda points out. Today, some 45,000 people with Chilean background reside in Sweden, following the refugee waves caused by Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship of Chile during 1973–1990. At the end of 1908, Carl stepped onto the train to Copenhagen. On 14 December 1940, Police Constable Ghiglione is called to a flophouse on 2701 6th Avenue South. ‘When I moved here, I came from Chile which at that time was run by a dictatorship,’ Silvio notes. There isn’t as much connection between families. Interestingly in 2011, more people emigrated from Sweden than in 1887, the peak year of emigration to the US. ‘We left before I had to see exploding grenades and bombings that came later. A church in Filipstad, Sweden, where roughly one-fifth of the nearly 11,000 inhabitants are now foreign-born. Today, they have three grown kids and four grandchildren, all of them Vallentuna residents. For me it was more psychological, imagining all the horrible things you as a child associate with the word war.’. Violence erupted and two Swedes were shot. ‘My goal from day one was to get through military service to obtain my passport, to become free, move abroad and study,’ Kamran says. A more recent topic for debate concerns beggars, an increasingly common sight on Swedish streets. Go to visitsweden.com to discover the wealth of tourist attractions that Sweden has to offer. ‘This is something I couldn’t even imagine doing so I decided to leave,’ he says. Every other trace of his existence has been literally swept away. ‘And with everything going on in the Middle East politically and economically, we felt it was the right choice for us that I make the move,’ she adds. The recent immigration peak has posed a challenge to the country, but beyond statistics and headlines are personal stories and a complex reality. Linda looks forward to exploring the rest of the country and learning as much as she can about her new adoptive home. Carl decided to try his luck. The UK left the EU on 1 February 2020 but during the transition period, ending on 31 December 2020, EU law still applies to the UK. At that time, he was faced with only two choices: leave the country or stay and be forced into military service to fight with Syrian regime forces in their war against the Syrian people. Man offers 200,000 kronor reward for job. The application will open on 1 december. Emigration from Sweden increased in 2019, more people moved to Sweden than from Sweden, and more people were born than died. The video interview with Mohammed Atif was done by Arantxa Hurtado, a Spanish Stockholm-based producer and photographer. Trunks nine to ten feet in diameter are not uncommon…I can read a little English, but it is still halting… perhaps I will be sending home some money if you would put it in a bank for me. Photo: Lola Akinmade Åkerström, Mouhanad Sharabati refused to join the Syrian regime forces in their war against the Syrian people. ‘I try to give my point of view and what to do about racism, the importance of acknowledging that it exists today in order to be able to do something about it,’ Vildana says. Only 5 per cent of immigrants in 2019 came from Syria. ‘I love living in a city that inspires you at every turn; there’s so much history and culture in the city and always new things to explore,’ she adds. The moment we stop talking about things that are tearing our society apart, that is the moment when bad things will win.’, ‘I am proud to be part of a country that gives shelter to those in need.’, She has considered Sweden her home for a long time and feels that it’s important to show what Sweden has always been about – freedom and democracy for all. She had touted the country’s virtue as a humanitarian solace for immigrants and asylum seekers looking for a better and more stable life. This record was only broken in 2011, when more than 51,000 emigrated from the country – but this time mostly to other European countries and some to the US and China. ‘I didn’t need Swedish in order to be a welder. In this faded sepia photograph is a serious young man with a cap, as well as a cane that he doesn’t need. Life in the lumber camps was extremely hierarchical. A fire department inhalator crew was called to Anell’s room in a hotel at 518 Dearborn St. early this morning. She remembers her exit from Goražde as swift and unexpected. ‘Twice in the past forty years I have been close to accepting a job in Finland. Two years later, he came to Sweden. New statement of changes to the Immigration Rules: HC 1919. ‘I didn’t really move to Sweden for work, I moved here for a woman, a Finnish woman,’ he says with a laugh. Silvio Durán Michea was interviewed by Lola Akinmade Åkerström. Carl was called a swamper, which meant he was far down the totem pole and worked clearing a road through the forest for the timber industry’s various vehicles, from steam locomotives to gas-driven trucks. Zelga Gabriel was interviewed by Nathalie Rothschild, a journalist based in Stockholm. You can apply and pay for your visa online. For updated information on what applies to your country, please visit krisinformation.se, official emergency information from Swedish authorities. The reason I haven’t largely has to do with the work mentality in Sweden. More and more children come to Sweden without family. You don’t meet your cousins that often, and you don’t have time for yourself. ‘First of all, it is a secure place where I can finally feel physically and psychologically safe; a place where I can start over and live a respectable life and think of having a job, family and children,’ he says. It wasn’t unthinkable that the king and a shop assistant could be roomed in the same hospital.’. Only Germany received more asylum seekers than Sweden in 2014, followed by Italy and France. Roma people started immigrating as early as the 1500s, while Walloons – French-speaking people from Belgium – came to Sweden in the late 1600s as the country’s iron industry began to develop. ‘I was lucky enough never to get sent to fight at the border, which was my main worry during the two years,’ he says. She got her journalism degree in 2001, after which she spent a year in Bosnia to reconnect with her roots. So they decided it made more sense for Linda to move to Sweden. Between 1991 and 1999, a series of military conflicts occurred on the Balkans, causing massive bloodshed and severe economic damage in most of the former Yugoslav republics. Whenever Carl Anell tries suicide, somebody smells the gas. Throughout the 1960s, Sweden was marked by a labour shortage to support its growing economy, which made industrial workers and public servants in particular demand. But her father and sister are still in Hassakeh. This was the result of very high immigration (127,000) and more births than deaths. Meet Vildana Aganović. Besides, I had promised my father I wouldn’t stay in Sweden more than three years, so what would be the point of learning the language?’, He eventually came to realise that learning Swedish would not only help his social life, but also make it easier to find good jobs. Some worked in the fishing industry, while others, like Carl, found work in the burgeoning timber industry. Meet 36-year-old Linda Samir Mutawi, a film producer and production manager. ‘I love the fact that there is such a work–life balance, and the system is so efficient.’, ‘I have had my moments,’ adds Linda, ‘but overall I have been very happy here.’. 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