From “People's Home” to “Multiculturalism”: Muslims in Sweden

Anne Sofie Roald

in Muslims in the West

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195148053
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849277 | DOI:
From “People's Home” to “Multiculturalism”: Muslims in Sweden

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The number of Muslims in Sweden has increased dramatically. Immigration from Muslim countries to Sweden began just after World War II, when Turkish-speaking Tartars came from Finland and Estonia. The Tartars established the first Islamic congregation in 1948. In the beginning of the 1960s, the first wave of Muslim labor immigrants entered Sweden. It consisted mainly of young Turkish, Yugoslav, Albanian, and Pakistani men who came as industrial workers to contribute to the rapidly growing manufacturing businesses. With the legal restriction of labor immigration in 1967, this pattern changed to one of chain migration, with many young Muslim men marrying spouses from their homelands and remaining in Sweden. In the official debate about immigrants in contemporary Sweden, the Muslim immigrant has become the immigrant per definition. In this chapter, therefore, the discussion of immigrant policy and strategy to a great extent pertains particularly to the Muslim situation.

Keywords: Muslims; Sweden; immigration; Tartars; labor; immigrants

Chapter.  11175 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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