A new report by the Swedish National Institute for Economic Research (KI) says that municipalities across the country will have to raise taxes to pay for the recent population growth caused by mass immigration.
Urban Hansson Brusewitz, the Director of KI, said that because Sweden’s population is growing by about 100,000 people per year, the quality of social services are being threatened, according to Svenska Dagbladet. “We are facing years of demographic challenges, which causes me to worry a bit that municipalities may have to raise taxes,” he said.
Brusewitz noted that the biggest problem for the Swedish government is the disproportionate unemployment rate among migrants, which may weigh heavily on the social system as yet more migrants continue to enter the country.
While the average unemployment rate for native Swedes is around 3.9%, one of the lowest in Europe, the unemployment rate of people with a migrant background is much higher: 21.8%, according to last August’s figures.