This photo poignantly reveals both the new and the old Sweden

Police officer Ted Eriksson is treated in Stockholm last summer after he was stabbed in the neck by an asylum seeker
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The policeman appears to be a blonde ethnic Swede. Bare-chested with an impressive physique he kneels impassively as his fellow officers in uniform bandage his stab wound. He was stabbed by one of the many thousands of migrants who have descended on Sweden like a plague of locusts devouring everything in their path.

They have gobbled up food, accommodation and welfare and have stretched police resources with all the crime and violence that trails in their wake. The only thing that they are not devouring is jobs. Far from adding to the culture that is so alien to their own the majority of migrants are sitting on welfare while growing large families to increase the burden on the state even further.

The blast was so powerful that it shook windows a mile away. Ahmad’s first thought was that someone had thrown yet another bomb at the police.

He was right. On Wednesday night an explosive device was hurled at the police station in Rosengard, a troubled area of Malmo, Sweden’s third largest city.

Attacks on the police are increasingly frequent. Rosengard’s force works from a black fortress of reinforced concrete with narrow windows and a 10ft-high electric fence.

[…] Sweden is among the world’s safest, richest and best-run countries enjoying steady growth and rising employment. But it has been experiencing an unprecedented surge of gang shootings, bombings and sexual assaults.

There is only one reason why it is experiencing all these problems. When it welcomed in the thousands of “asylum seekers” it welcomed in an alien, incompatible culture.

In a country of 10m people, more than 320 shootings and dozens of bombings were reported in 2017, along with more than 110 murders and 7,226 rapes — a 10% increase on 2016. More than 36% of young Swedish women say they feel unsafe at night.

The authorities have admitted they are unable to investigate rape cases immediately because the resources are focused on gang crime. “We are forced to choose between two evils,” the police said.

The crime surge is mainly confined to so-called “areas of social exclusion”, a code for neighbourhoods such as Rosengard that are predominantly populated by immigrants. They are not classic ghettos — the infrastructure and services are better than in areas of central London — but these communities are plagued by high crime rates and unemployment.

You couldn’t have a better example of why socialism doesn’t work than Sweden. The migrants are given superior accommodation and services yet it hasn’t made any difference to their behaviour or their ability or willingness to work. You can put lipstick on a pig but it is still a pig. Many migrants are uneducated and the vast majority do not share Swedish values or beliefs. No amount of welfare will change that.

In Malmo, where a fifth of the 340,000 inhabitants are under 18, children as young as 14 roam the streets with Kalashnikov assault rifles and bulletproof vests. The average age of gang members is 22, the vast majority of them hailing from migrant families.

Recorded crime in Sweden by type

Sweden has pursued a liberal immigration policy for more than a generation; its government speaks of being a “humanitarian superpower” for having taken in a large number of asylum seekers. After the migrant crisis of 2015, when more than 160,000 people sought asylum, the policy was abruptly changed. Yet there is little debate or reliable data about the integration of the 12% of the population that derive from non-western countries.

For a long time the Swedish establishment played down the decay of immigrant-dominated suburbs, but it can no longer ignore the explosion of violence.

Stefan Lofven, the Social Democrat prime minister, said last week that he was ready to deploy the military to “stamp out” organised crime. The next day another bomb went off in Malmo, this time in front of a private property.

“We have really reached the bottom: people use machineguns and hand grenades — they want to kill,” said Zoran Markovic, the former chief of community policing in Rosengard.

What I would like to know is where on earth do the migrants get the machine guns and hand grenades from? How on earth did they smuggle them into the country? Is this a border control issue?

[…] Markovic said the police are overstretched. Rosengard’s main school, which had pupils from nearly 200 different ethnic backgrounds, was closed because of social tension.

Don’t you just love the politically correct language used by the writer? “Social tension” no doubt translates to something like, the ethnic Swedish children were not safe inside a school populated by children who have been brought up to consider uncovered girls as sluts and non-Muslims as fair game for assault and verbal abuse because they are considered to be inferior.

Barely three miles away, in Malmo’s centre, there is little sign of the crime epidemic.[…]

This is replicated across the country. Alongside the pockets of violence, Sweden continues to flourish, with low crime rates and a booming economy. Its citizens read about gangland wars with disbelief, although crime is increasingly spilling into middle-class areas.

This is the same problem in Australia and other countries with crime-ridden migrant filled suburbs. The people in government making the migrant-friendly policies are not seeing or experiencing the problems up front and personal. They haven’t had to deal with a crying daughter who felt threatened and unsafe when walking home from the movies.

[…] Rinkeby, a 20-minute metro ride from Stockholm’s old centre, is one of Sweden’s most crime-ridden areas. Paramedics and firefighters demand a police escort to go there.

[…]When I visited Rinkeby last week a group of youths in shell suits aggressively asked why I was in their neighbourhood. Their tone turned more respectful when they found out that I am from the Balkans — the homeland of many local criminal kingpins. Born and raised in Rinkeby, they declared themselves not Swedish but Somali, Afghan or Lebanese.

Hanif Azizi, who came to Sweden from Iran as an unaccompanied refugee at the age of nine nearly 30 years ago, is a senior policeman in Rinkeby. “Hating police is part of some of these kids’ cultures. If as a society we have decided to take in refugees, we must set high standards: not ask what our society can do for them, but what they can do for our society,” he said.

Norway’s immigration minister, Sylvi Listhaug, visited Rinkeby last year to “learn” from the mistakes of “uncontrolled migration and poor integration”.

Someone needs to send Jacinda Ardern to Sweden to learn from their mistakes. Does she want her son or daughter growing up in a society where it is unsafe to go out at night?

Stockholm’s mayor, Karin Wanngard, protested that Rinkeby was a “fine neighbourhood” and “teeming with vitality”.

A spate of shootings forced her to change her tune. The “growing brutality” among gangs has become “unprecedented” she said earlier this month.

It is taboo to make a link between immigrants and crime, according to Tino Sanandaji, a Swedish economist of Iranian-Kurdish origin who argues in Mass Challenge, his bestselling book, that the country has failed to integrate many newcomers: […]

Criticism of Sweden’s immigration policy […] was blacklisted by some public libraries, despite praise from experts.

“The attacks would have ended my career had I been a white ethnic Swede,” he said.

Paulina Neuding, an internationally acclaimed writer, was accused of xenophobia for linking the rise of anti-semitic and sexual crime to mass migration.

Neuding, 36, born to a Jewish family who migrated from Poland, said Sweden is experiencing a “sexual assault crisis”.

Statistics published last week revealed the percentage of women who reported being victims of sex crimes rose from 1.4% in 2012 to 4.1% in 2016. In 2014 a study on the geography of outdoor rape in Stockholm found two-thirds of the suspects were non-Swedish citizens.

“Our government declared itself the world’s first feminist government, yet they have quietly abandoned women,” Neuding said. “There is mounting evidence that large-scale migration of men from extremely patriarchal cultures is limiting women’s freedom.”

Well duh!

duh

-thetimes.co.uk


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