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Voters in Sweden will hit the polls Sunday to elect a new Parliament.

The right-leaning Sweden Democrats, an unusual pick for the progressive nation, are rising in the polls, and experts say immigration is the driving force.

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Recently, even foreign-born Swedes are questioning the state’s immigration policies.

Voters in Sweden will hit the polls Sunday to elect a new Parliament, and following a similar trend present in other European countries, immigration is driving the political agenda and is the force behind the rising popularity of the right-leaning Sweden Democrats (SD) party.

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While nationalistic governments have been making waves in the political sphere as anti-immigrant sentiment rises in governments such as Italy, Hungary and even Australia, it’s notable that these views are taking hold in such a progressive government as Sweden’s.

SD’s popularity has been climbing over the years, but recent polls show the party is in first or second place ahead of Sunday’s elections, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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The SD party entered the country’s Parliament in 2010 and holds 42 of the 349 seats in Parliament, but its emphasis on immigration policy struck a chord with voters this time around.

Sweden has taken in more immigrants in recent years than most other countries in the world, multiple reports found, and the nation is feeling the effects.

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Of the 10 million people living in Sweden, over one-fifth of them have foreign roots.

Further, unemployment is highest amongst immigrants compared to natives: unemployment is currently at 4 percent for native Swedes, 16 percent for foreign-born citizens and as high as 23 percent for non-European immigrants, economist Tino Sanandaji told TheWSJ.

SD - Party - Mixing - Cultures - Manifesto

The rising SD party is against the mixing of cultures, and its manifesto states that members “want to stop receiving asylum seekers in Sweden and instead go for real aid for refugees,” and “to enable more immigrants to return to...
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