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.
To manage and utilise immigration, it is crucial that integration works. It does not in Sweden Niklas Wykman and Alexander Abenius
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.
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.