SWEDEN - Best Country for Immigrants?

Arno Froese

A new ranking of the best countries to be an immigrant has placed Sweden in the top spot, closely followed by Canada, Switzerland, Australia and Germany. The United States, a country which was largely founded through mass immigration, came in seventh.

Eric Gertler, co-chairman of U.S. News and the New York Daily News, said that the experience of creating the best countries ranking showed them that many people view immigration as the most important issue in the world.

Specifically, immigration in Sweden became the subject of an unusual public debate in the U.S. this year, with President Trump suggesting at a rally in February that immigration had led to problems in Sweden and that the country should serve as a model for how the U.S. should not allow some immigrants in.

Sweden had become a popular destination for refugees from Africa and the Middle East over the past few years, taking in more per capita than any other European nation at the height of the migrant influx in 2015.

Sweden wasn’t the only Nordic country to fare well—Norway, Finland and Denmark also took places in the top 10, largely due to favorable perceptions found in the survey about their economies and commitment to income equality. Other countries, such as Canada and Switzerland, were given positive marks not only for their economy but also integration measures for immigrants, such as language training.

While the U.S. scored well because of the large numbers of remittances, U.S. News said that the country fell in the rankings due to its perceived economic inequality. Britain ranked even lower—17th—despite its strong economy, because its immigration policy specifically favored its own nationals.

The full ranking is below:
    1       Sweden
    2       Canada
    3       Switzerland
    4       Australia
    5       Germany
    6       Norway
    7       United States
    8       Netherlands
    9       Finland
  10       Denmark

-www.theage.com.au, 11 July 2017

Arno's commentary

Sweden is listed as one of the super-rich countries. They are to be commended for their generosity. When it comes to foreign aid, Sweden is number one: donating 1.41% of their gross national income (USA 0.17%).

Distribution of income lists Sweden as follows: the 10% lowest earners in Sweden consume 3.4% of the national product, while the top 10% earners take 24% of the national income. Compare that with the UK, where the low income group consumes only 1.7%, while it is 30.1% for those in the high income bracket.

Here we are reminded of Deuteronomy 10:18-19: “He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment. Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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