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Refugee Crisis Hits Sweden as Voters React to Sudden Influx

  • 38 percent of voters see immigration as most important issue
  • Opposition parties propose stricter rules as unity disappears
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Humanitarian Response Called for EU Refugee Crisis

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Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Loefven has pledged a budget for jobs and education to revive voter support. He may be misreading the political landscape as immigration has surged to become the No. 1 issue for voters.

A poll by Demoskop showed that almost 40 percent of voters now say that immigration is the most important issue facing Sweden, up from less than 10 percent in early 2013. Jobs, previously the biggest issue, is now third in importance, according to the polling obtained by Bloomberg.