Ipsos poll finds majority of Swedes favor less refugees


A majority of the Swedish population want their country to take in fewer refugees, a new poll says.

According to a new Ipsos poll released on Thursday by Sweden’s biggest daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter, 55 percent of Swedes believe the country should not take in more asylum seekers.

The figure is up 25 percentage points since September, when a similar survey was conducted. At that time barely one in three people responded that they wanted their country to take in less refugees.

Only 19 percent want their country to take in more refugees, compared with 44 percent just three months ago, the poll showed.

According to Nicklas Kllebring, an analyst at Ipsos, “Swedes have a rather generous attitude when it comes to receiving refugees, but it is conditional that it works.”

He added that the “reversal in opinion is a result of problems in receiving and questions about what the long-term consequences of the crisis for Sweden” could be.

More than 1,200 people were interviewed by telephone between December 3 and 14 for the survey.

Earlier this year, Stockholm announced a series of measures aimed at reducing the number of refugees coming to Sweden. Authorities plan to halt passenger train services to and from Denmark because they are unable to carry out the identity checks demanded by the government to stem the influx of refugees.

Sweden has received 150,000 asylum seekers so far this year, prompting the government to secure an exemption from the European Union’s open-border Schengen agreement and pass a law requiring identity checks on all public transport entering the country.

Europe has been struggling with the continent’s biggest refugee crisis since World War II. So far, over one million people have reached the continent, more than four times the number last year, the International Organization for Migration announced on Tuesday.