Valkommen till Sverige - Migration & asylum in Europe's most welcoming country
Tuesday 22 November, Lecture Theatre 1, Appleton Tower, 11 Crichton Street, George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LE, 6 - 8pm
Supported by the Scottish Government
With Mikael Ribbenvik, Acting Director of the Swedish Migration Agency
Chaired by Lesley Riddoch, Writer & Broadcaster
In 2015 more than 163,000 asylum seekers arrived in Sweden, more per capita than in any other European country, including Germany. The sharp increase in the number of people fleeing Syria and other war-torn countries was labeled a 'migrant crisis' in Europe. How did Sweden deal with the issue? What lessons can be learned?
Even before the recent Syrian crisis Sweden was already one of Europe’s most welcoming countries to refugees. But the country has found it dificult to integrate newcomers and find jobs for refugees and asylum seekers with little grasp of the Swedish language.
Mikael Ribbenvik, Acting Director of the Swedish Migration Agency, explains why Sweden has become the Nordic nation with the most open attitude to migrants and refugees and shares his experience in managing the recent surge in migration applications.