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How many Stockholmers are actually immigrants?

International Migrants Day is celebrated annually on December 18th. It's a day dedicated to the contributions, efforts, and rights of millions of migrants around the world.

How many Stockholmers are actually immigrants?
Photo: Beyond Borders magazine

It might not be a day you had marked in your calendar, but it should be.

Now more than ever it's important to promote acceptance of people from different backgrounds. Particularly in Sweden, where the population gets more diverse every day.

To raise awareness of International Migrants Day, the team at Beyond Borders — a new online lifestyle magazine launched by Swedish tech company Rebtel — hit the streets of Sweden's capital to chat with Stockholmers about where they come from.

“We think being a migrant is something worth celebrating,” says Beyond Borders editor Solveig Rundquist (an immigrant herself) of the video. “After all, when it comes down to it, migrant just means ‘mover’. We’re movers and shakers who get things done. We should reclaim the word – and celebrate this day.” 

Watch the video to find out just how many randomly-picked residents actually come from a foreign background. What they discovered might surprise you!

Rebtel is one of Stockholm’s most international companies, with over 35 nationalities on its workforce of about 85 people. Its new website, Beyond Borders, is described as an “online magazine for all those who identify with the reality of a life beyond arbitrary lines drawn on a map – and all the struggles that come with it”.

This article was produced by The Local Client Studio and sponsored by Rebtel.

 

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The office for immigration and citizenship in Vienna is for many immigrants their first encounter with Austrian bureaucracy. We want to hear from you about your own experience dealing with officials and the process.

Tell us: What was your experience like dealing with Vienna's MA35?

Vienna’s MA35 is a well-known office for immigrants in Austria, particularly those who live in the capital. It has received plenty of criticism for long delays, mistakes and even mistreatment of those seeking services from renewing a visa to applying for Austrian citizenship.

Yet, it is an integral part of life for immigrants and their family members, as the office is responsible for residence permits (from visas to the Anmeldebescheiningung for EU citizens), naturalisation applications and more. In short: there is no escaping it.

So, we want to hear from you: What has been your experience and importantly do you have any advice for others?

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