Integration of Immigrants in Sweden 1945-1975


  • Daniel Rauhut


integration, immigrants, labour market, incomes, social networks


Over the past 30 years the relative incomes and employment rates of immigrants
have sunk, while immigrants unemployment rates rose. The overrepresentation in
the welfare transfer system and an increasing housing segregation cause concern and
is much debated. The general opinion is that immigrants are less integrated into the
Swedish society today than in former times. The aim of this literature review is to if this
is true. The working hypothesis is that immigrants were integrated during the period
1945-1975. A set of nine variables are discussed to examine whether the immigrants
1945-1975 were integrated.
Although explorative by its character, the results indicate that immigrants were not as
integrated in former times as commonly believed. Contrary to common belief significant
improvements in integration has, in some areas, actually been achieved! The integration
of immigrants has not changed from good to bad, but rather from bad to worse.




How to Cite

Rauhut, D. (2010). Integration of Immigrants in Sweden 1945-1975. Finnish Yearbook of Population Research, 45, 103–122.