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'Segregation can be a good thing': study
by David Landes
Segregation isn't necessarily a bad thing, according to a new report critical of policies which try to control where immigrants and refugees settle in Sweden.
"Closeness to fellow countrymen can actually be positive, especially if the group has a relatively strong socioeconomic position," write economists Oskar Nordström Skans and Olof Åslund in an article published in the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper.
In their presentation of the 2009 report on welfare by the Swedish Centre for Business and Policy Studies (SNS), the authors point out that there is no research to suggest that the ethnic makeup of people in one's surroundings has a decisive role in how well an individual integrates into the labour market or in school.
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