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    Live Long and Prosper: Swedes Might Work Until 75 to Support Migration

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    Last year's unparalleled influx of asylum seekers has left many European countries counting the cost of migration and its side effects. For Sweden, however, this is not an appropriate subject for debate, as migration has been universally lauded as profitable by high-ranking politicians and mainstream media.

    Former Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, who unlike his fellow members of the Moderate Party, remains one of the most outspoken advocates for further migration, arguing that there is no denying that immigration is economically gainful and beneficial for society. However, Swedes will have to work until they reach the ripe old age of 75 and even longer for the Swedish economy to stay afloat.

    "The very growth of the Swedish population depends on immigration. This in itself helps create a stronger economy. And this I dare say, even if not everyone agrees with me in Europe," former Prime Minister said last week at a forum, organized by the think-tank CEPS, according to Svenska Dagbladet.

    According to the Swedish newspaper Dagens Industri, Reinfeldt also stressed that the retirement age in Sweden should be raised from current 65 to 75. At the same time he noted, that such an increase should rather be voluntary than forced, but hinted at negative consequences if Swedes failed to comply.

    According to Reinfeldt, the reason for Swedes to work an additional ten years is to secure the financing for the welfare system. The former prime minister argued that this should not represent any significant difficulties, as life expectancy has been rising throughout Europe.

    Reinfeldt is now trying to propagate the idea of sharply raising retirement ages across the EU.

    Earlier, Reinfeldt became notorious for his fiery speech in 2014, in which he urged his compatriots to "open their hearts" for a mass migration. Reinfeldt repeatedly encouraged broadening the scope of migration under the pretext there was "enough space" in Sweden.

    "What does the word 'enough' mean? Is Sweden full? Is the Nordic region is full? Are we too many? We are 25 million people living in the North. I often fly over the Swedish countryside and I would advise others to do so. There are endless fields and forests. There is more space than you might imagine. Those who claim that the country is full, they should demonstrate where exactly it is full," Reinfeldt was quoted as saying.

    Last year, Sweden took in over 160,000 asylum seekers and is still struggling with providing accommodation and jobs for the newcomers.

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