Syrians in Sweden

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Syrians in Sweden
Total population
166,108 (2016-17)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö
Arabic, Armenian, Swedish
Islam, Christianity
Related ethnic groups
Assyrians/Syriacs in Sweden

Syrians in Sweden are citizens and residents of Sweden who are of Syrian descent.


Syria-born persons in Sweden by sex, 2000-2016 (Statistics Sweden).[1]

Most Syrians residing in Sweden arrived as asylum seekers following the Syrian Civil War, which began in 2011. According to Statistics Sweden, as of 2016, there 116,384 citizens of Syria (70,060 men, 46,324 women) residing in Sweden.[2] There are an estimated 18,000 of the latter immigrants living in Södertälje.[3] As of 2016, 5,459 Syrian citizens (2,803 men, 2,656 women) residing in Sweden are registered as asylum seekers.[4] In 2016, there were 39 registered emigrations from Sweden to Syria.[5]


In 2010, there were 18,292 students with Arabic as their mother tongue who participated in the state-run Swedish for Immigrants adult language program. Of these pupils, 3,884 had 0-6 years of education in their home country (Antal utbildningsår i hemlandet), 3,383 had 7-9 years of education in their home country, and 11,025 had 10 years education or more in their home country.[6] As of 2012, 18,886 pupils with Arabic as their mother tongue, as well as 3,257 Syria-born students were enrolled in the language program.[7]

As of 2016, according to Statistics Sweden, 35% of Syria-born individuals aged 25 to 64 have attained a primary and lower secondary education level (37% men, 34% women), 22% have attained an upper secondary education level (21% men, 23% women), 21% have attained a post-secondary education level of less than 3 years (21% men, 22% women), 15% have attained a post-secondary education of 3 years or more (16% men, 14% women), and 6% have attained an unknown education level (6% men, 7% women).[8]


According to Statistics Sweden, as of 2014, the employment rate is approximately 32% for Syrian-born immigrants.[9]

According to the Institute of Labor Economics, as of 2014, Syrian-born individuals residing in Sweden have an employment population ratio of about 28%. They also have an unemployment rate of around 14%.[10]

Notable people[edit]

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  1. ^ a b "Foreign-born persons by country of birth, age, sex and year". Statistics Sweden. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Foreign citizens by country of citizenship, sex and year". Statistics Sweden. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  3. ^ Prakash Shah; Marie-Claire Foblets (15 April 2016). Family, Religion and Law: Cultural Encounters in Europe. Routledge. p. 183. ISBN 978-1-317-13648-4.
  4. ^ "Asylum-seekers by country of citizenship, sex and year". Statistics Sweden. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Immigrations and emigrations by country of emi-/immigration, observations and year". Statistics Sweden. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  6. ^ centralbyrån, SCB - Statistiska (2010). Statistical Yearbook of Sweden 2010 (PDF). [S.l.]: Statistiska Centralbyran. p. 198. ISBN 9789161814961. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Utbildning och forskning - Statistisk årsbok 2014" (PDF). Statistics Sweden. p. 456. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  8. ^ "The population 2016 by level of education, country of birth and sex. Age 25-64". Statistics Sweden. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Befolkningens utbildning och sysselsättning 2014 - Educational attainment and employment of the population 2014" (PDF). Statistics Sweden. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Mapping Diasporas in the European Union and the United States - Comparative analysis and recommendations for engagement" (PDF). Institute of Labor Economics. Retrieved 15 November 2017. - cf. Appendix 4: Diaspora characteristics - labour force indicators by sending countries