The number of new Swedish citizens continues to increase at a rapid pace: so far this year, 25,000 cases of Sweden citizenship have already been distributed. As of today, the largest groups being granted citizenship are Syrias, “stateless” and Somalis, followed by minority groups from other Muslim countries.
By – Brünnhilde
“This reflects the immigration trend of recent years,” according to the Swedish Migration Board.
According to the Migration Board’s latest statistics , the number of new Swedish citizens has been increasing for several consecutive years.
In 2015, the Migration Board granted citizenship to 35,867 cases and in 2017 the corresponding figure was 55,420. But the number of new citizens in Sweden is actually much higher, because children under the age of 18 are included in their parent’s application. According to SCB, a total of approximately 69,000 people from more than 160 countries were granted new Swedish citizenship in 2017.
“The trend seems like it is here to stay. So far this year, the number of citizenship cases granted is already numbering at 25,000,” says Migration Agency Press Manager Per Ek.
The citizenship statistics reflects the migration to Sweden a few years back, according to the authority.
“A requirement to become a citizen is that you need to have lived in Sweden for a certain number of years. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of Syrians and stateless persons who received Swedish citizenship doubled, as the number of asylum seekers from Syria increased markedly a few years earlier,” the Migration Board writes.
The third most common group to receive citizenship in 2018, after Syrians and “stateless” persons, is Somalia. This is explained by the fact that many asylum seekers arrived from 2007, the year after Ethiopia declared war against Somalia.
Then they remained in Sweden until 2015 before they eventually became Swedish citizens. The Migration Board does not approve ID documents from certain countries, and those who can not prove their identity must have lived in Sweden for eight years in order to become citizens.
After Somali persons, the next groups to receive citizenship are Iraqis, Afghans and Iranians. The list is thus dominated by people from Muslim countries.
Between 2015 and 2017, the number of citizenship applications increased by almost 55 percent. They have remained at a constant level during this period. Citizenship has been granted in 83 to 85 percent of all cases, according to the Migration Board.
By the end of 2017, according to Statistics Sweden, 1,064,041 foreign-born Swedish citizens were registered in Sweden. At the same time there were 2.4 million people with foreign backgrounds, which was almost 119,000 people more than the year before. This corresponds to 24.1 percent of the entire population in Sweden.
Read more: From 2018/06/04