The drastic overrepresentation of immigrants amongst intensive care sufferers and COVID-19 deaths beneath 65 prompted Expressen, one of the nation’s main tabloids, to induce the authorities to respect the truth that Sweden is “a country of immigrants”.
Nearly half of those that acquired intensive care therapy for COVID-19 (46 %) in Sweden have been immigrants, the newspaper Expressen reported.
Among COVID-19 deaths beneath the age of 65, half additionally had a international background, which is an excessive overrepresentation, as immigrants represent a few quarter of the Swedish inhabitants.
Expressen pointed to “socio-economic factors”, reminiscent of earnings, employment, cramped situations, and an absence of info for immigrants. Earlier this 12 months, amid the primary onslaught of the coronavirus, the Swedish authorities admitted failing to achieve out to immigrant communities in a well timed method, and launched cautionary info in the most typical immigrant languages, together with Arabic, Dari, and Somali.
According to physician Mashla Omar, who chairs the Swedish-Somali Medical Association, and who sounded the alarm in regards to the excessive mortality charge among the many Somali neighborhood in March, the group lived largely as typical. Associations and mosques have been nonetheless open, many Somalis continued to shake palms and hug one another, the wholesome visited the sick and the sick went out and met acquaintances and visited cafes.
In November, a report by the Centre for Epidemiology and Community Medicine (Cem) shared the conclusion about socio-economic components, but did not see the dearth of info as a giant deal. “The overall picture can be interpreted as the people of Stockholm understood and wanted to adapt and protect themselves, but for purely material reasons could not always do so”, Cem reported.
The incontrovertible fact that immigrants from the Middle East and Africa, reminiscent of Syrians and Somalis, are overrepresented amongst these sick with COVID-19 is one thing the Swedish Public Health Agency had already confirmed this spring. The threat of dying of the coronavirus was 12 occasions larger amongst Somalis than ethnic Swedes.
Due to the acute overrepresentation of immigrants in Sweden’s morbid COVID-19 statistics, Expressen’s editorial board concluded that the Swedish state should take note of the truth that “Sweden is a country of immigrants”.
The share of these with a international background has been rising steeply in latest many years. According to Statistics Sweden, 26 % of the nation’s registered inhabitants nation have a international background, up from 15 % in 2000. Among kids, the proportion of non-ethnic Swedes is even larger. In 2016 alone, the nation of 10 million took in 163,000 asylum seekers. Using a counting methodology now thought of outdated, the place having a minimum of one foreign-born dad or mum counts as international background, the proportion is 33 %.
Sweden has seen near 400,000 COVID-19 circumstances and almost 8,300 fatalities.