The polarisation of politics in Sweden prohibits an objective response – and conversation – to integration.

The way political parties are talking their agenda regarding immigration and integration has created an either-or situation. So you are either for or against immigration. And that stance informs how each party responds to integration challenges being faced currently.

This unhealthy situation causes real problems to be left untackled meaningfully because parties whose stance gravitates towards the causes of those problems will try as much as they can to either deny, downplay or ignore those issues.

On the other hand, parties who are against immigration tend to blow up or exaggerate issues as a strategy to make their opponents look bad.

In the end, the people who suffer are the people who do not have the same national platform to express their issues: immigrants themselves. And in turn, this is disastrous for integration.




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