Demographic Profile of Syrians in Sweden
This chapter analyzes multiple dimensions of demographic change of the Syrian-born population between 2010 and 2017 in Sweden. During this period, the Syrian-born population became the largest immigrant group, surpassing the Finnish-born that had previously been the largest immigrant group in the country for several decades. This chapter highlights the profound compositional shifts in age structure and educational level, among others, that the population underwent as a result of the infamous “Refugee Crisis”. What is clear from this demographic profile is that the Syrian-born population has already played a key role in the population change experienced in Sweden, and will continue to do so in the decades to come.
KeywordsSyrians Sweden Immigration Demographic change Refugee crisis Education Population change Age structure
This research was supported by the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working life and Welfare (FORTE) [grant number 2016-07105 and 2018-00310], Swedish Initiative for Research on Microdata in Social Science and Medicine (SIMSAM) [grant number 340-2013-5164], New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Cooperation in Europe (NORFACE) [grant 462-16-012] and The Swedish foundation for humanities and social science (RJ) [grant number M18-0214:1]. We are also grateful to Andrea Monti for her help with the Swedish maps.
- Çelikaksoy, A., & Wadensjö, E. (2018). Chapter 5. Sweden: Intergenerational mobility patterns in immigrant and native families. In Catching up? Country studies on intergenerational mobility and children of immigrants. Paris: OECD.Google Scholar
- Monti, A., Drefahl, S., Härkönen, J., & Mussino, E. (2018). Over-coverage in population registers and what we can do about it. SRRD 2018:24.Google Scholar
- SCB. (2003). Access to microdata in the Nordic countries. Stockholm: Statistics Sweden. Available at: http://www.scb.se/en_/Finding-statistics/Publishing-calendar/Show-detailed-information/?publobjid=22207
- SCB. (2011). Multi-generation register 2010: A description of contents and quality. Background Facts on Population and Welfare Statistics. 2011, 2. Stockholm: Statistics Sweden. Available at: http://www.scb.se/statistik/_publikationer/BE9999_2011A01_BR_BE96BR1102.pdf
- SCB. (2016). Från Finland till Afghanistan–invandring och utvandring för födda i olika länder sedan 1970 [From Finland to Afghanistan – immigration and emigration since 1970 for persons born in different countries]. DEMOGRAFISKA RAPPORTER 2016:1 SCB, Prognosinstitutet. Available at: https://www.scb.se/Statistik/_Publikationer/BE0701_2016A01_BR_BE51BR1601.pdf
- Wilson, B., Marten, L., Marbach, M., Hangartner, D. & Hainmueller, J. (2018). Age at arrival and the integration trajectories of childhood refugees. Presented at the European population conference, June.Google Scholar