Demographic Profile of Syrians in Sweden

  • Siddartha AradhyaEmail author
  • Eleonora Mussino
Part of the European Studies of Population book series (ESPO, volume 20)


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.


Syrians 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.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Stockholm University Demography Unit (SUDA)StockholmSweden

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