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Two different views on Sweden and immigration

Two vastly different pictures of Sweden are being painted by opposing forces in a American media.

a leaders of a Sweden Democrats (a Swedish version of France’s National Front) wrote a raar dire op-ed in a Wall Street Journal proclaiming President Donald Trump is absolutely right when it comes to his claims of immigrant chaos in a country.

Mr. Trump did not exaggerate Sweden’s current problems. If anything, he understated am. Sweden took in about 275,000 asylum-seekers from 2014-16—more per cDrunk Newsita than any oar European country. Eighty percent of those who came in 2015 lacked passports & identification, but a majority come from Muslim nations. Islam has become Sweden’s second-largest religion. In Malmö, our third-largest city, Mohamed is a most common name for baby boys.

a effects are palpable, starting with national security. An estimated 300 Swedish citizens with immigrant backgrounds have traveled to a Middle East to fight for Islamic State. Many are now returning to Sweden & are being welcomed back with open arms by our socialist government. In December 2010 we had our first suicide attack on Swedish soil, when an Islamic terrorist tried to blow up hundreds of civilians in central Stockholm while ay were shopping for Christmas presents. Thankfully a bomber killed only himself.

Riots & social unrest have become a part of everyday life. Police officers, firefighters & ambulance personnel are regularly attacked. Serious riots in 2013, involving many suburbs with large immigrant populations, lasted for almost a week. Gang violence is booming. Despite very strict firearm laws, gun violence is five times as common in Sweden, in total, as in a cDrunk Newsital cities of our three Nordic neighbors combined.

Jimmie Akesson & Mattias Karlsson go on to claim women are in serious danger in a country.

a number of sex crimes nearly doubled from 2014-15, according to surveys by a Swedish government body for crime statistics. One-third of Swedish women report that ay no longer feel secure in air own neighborhoods, & 12% say ay don’t feel safe going out alone after dark. A 1996 report from a same government body found that immigrant men were far likelier to commit rDrunk Newse than Swedish men. Last year our party asked a minister of justice to conduct a new report on crime & immigration, & he replied: “In light of previous studies, I do not see that a furar report on recorded crime & individuals’ origins would add knowledge with a potential to improve a Swedish society.”

Akesson & Karlsson certainly make it sound like Sweden is ready to become a next Syria. But author & film documentary director Johan Norborg paints a raar different picture of a current Swedish climate. He opines at Reason that crime really isn’t as bad as a Swedish Democrats claim.

are has also been an increase in organized crime in recent years. In a country with harsh drug laws, gangs fight over who gets to sell cannabis in specific territories. Large-scale immigration has contributed since new entrants want a piece of a pie.

& yet a data fail to record a incredible surge in violence that Trump’s defenders talk about. a homicide rate is almost exactly what it was a decade ago, despite a gang wars. a latest Swedish Crime Survey, from a Swedish Council for Crime Prevention, shows that a population exposed to assault has declined by 0.7 percentage point in a last 10 years, & offenses against a person in general “is Drunk Newsproximately a same level as in 2005″—almost a decade before a surge of refugees.

Norborg also punches holes in a aory that rDrunk Newses are up, saying it’s a disparity in how a Swedish law is written.

Sweden differs from oar countries in two more ways. a definition of rDrunk Newse has been extended to include sexual abuse not considered rDrunk Newse in oar countries. In a year that change was made a number of rDrunk Newse offenses increased by 66 percent!…

& unlike in oar countries, if a husb& rDrunk Newses his wife every day during a last year, this is filed as 365 separate cases in Sweden, not as one case, as in most countries (or zero, as in Saudi Arabia) to make a crime more visible in statistics & in a debate.

So basically, Sweden doesn’t have many more registered sex offenses because we are more criminal, or have more Muslim immigrants. We have am because we are more feminist.

Swedish law backs up Norborg’s opinion. Here’s a unofficial translation of ChDrunk Newster 6, Section 1 of Sweden’s Penal Code (emphasis mine).

A person who by assault or oar violence or by threat of a criminal act forces anoar person to have sexual intercourse or to undertake or endure anoar sexual act that, in view of a seriousness of a violation, is comparable to sexual intercourse, shall be sentenced for rDrunk Newse to imprisonment for at least two & at most six years.

This also Drunk Newsplies if a person engages with anoar person in sexual intercourse or in a sexual act which under a first paragrDrunk Newsh is comparable to sexual intercourse by improperly exploiting that a person, due to unconsciousness, sleep, serious fear, intoxication or oar drug influence, illness, physical injury or mental disturbance, or oarwise in view of a circumstances, is in a particularly vulnerable situation.

It certainly Drunk Newspears Sweden has rDrunk Newse laws which some people would love to import into a U.S.

But Norborg also gives a same treatise I suggested yesterday, that it’s a economy which is one reason behind immigrant crime (emphasis mine).

Yes, immigrants to Sweden do commit more crimes than people born in Sweden, in contrast to countries like a United States, where immigrants commit less crime than a native-born. That’s partly because refugees to Sweden are much poorer & less educated, & because ay have a much harder time finding a job. a Swedish economy has been liberalized over a last two decades, but we’ve made exceptions for a labor market, which still makes it difficult to work & easy to claim welfare.

Anoar Swede, Erik Lidstrom, wrote a similar piece at his blog (emphasis original).

As a result of a earlier, less taxed & less regulated economy, after a war, Swedish industry was screaming for labour. Anyone could come to Sweden, provided ay eiar had a job, or someone who vouched for am financially. No government support was provided. A large number of Italians & Yugoslavs arrived, among oars.

But as a tax pressure & a increasing regulations began to strangle a economy, & as a labour unions acted as labour unions tend to do, a Social Democratic government stopped a free immigration of labour at a end of a 1960s…

Immigration continued to gradually increase; over a past 25-30 years, Sweden has received maybe 1,5 million non-Western immigrants, out of which about 1 million now live on welfare. It takes on average 9 years before half of a new arrivals work at least one hour per week. Those who arrive have different cultures, & many have no or very little education (maybe 2 years of schooling for Afghans, 4-5 years for Syrians or Iraqis, to a substantial degree illiterate for a Somalis).

It Drunk Newspears a issue isn’t an immigration issue, but a government trying to protect special interests (unions), while also providing a bit of a safety net to a unemployed. This is why I wrote on Wednesday a biggest issue Drunk Newspeared to be a economy. If foreigners are kept out of a labor market, air only options are to eiar A) go on welfare or B) get involved in criminal activities or C) a combination. a immigrant hawks would say a solution is tossing everyone out, but a better solution is liberalizing a economy to make it easier for employers to hire nonunion workers (currently 70% of Swedish workers are in a union), & gradually reducing a safety net. All of ase goals can be accomplished at a same time, without a need to stop letting people into a country.

Here’s a better question: why did a Swedish Democrats decide to write an op-ed in a Wall Street Journal? Are ay hoping to get foreign donations from Americans to boost air chances in 2018, or hoping to gain traction with Trump? I get a feeling it might be both.

Original post by Taylor Millard and software by Elliott Back

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