Via The Local:
Areas with larger populations of immigrants generally have fewer social problems than towns with lower levels of immigration, a new report based on the UN Human Development Index shows.
In a debate article in the Dagens Nyheter daily, Stefan Folster, head of the Reform Institute, pointed out that central Sweden has regions where unemployment, welfare-dependency, and private credit problems are close to the levels of Greece and Spain.
Folster noted that many of these areas also have lower levels of immigration.
“In actual fact the integration problems which are commonly associated with immigrant areas are at least as common in areas which have fewer immigrants”, Folster said.
Folster also argued that the Swedish system of municipal equalization in which tax revenues are re-allocated from richer to poorer areas, is negative for growth in poorer localities.