Loving your country and kicking out those who don’t obey the laws and do not even try to assimilate isn’t about “right wing nationalism,” it’s about safety for its citizens. Countries should have a consistent national identity of its people. Immigration of a widely antagonistic group is destructive to that country.
The STAR Sweden has failed to integrate the vast numbers of Muslim immigrants it has taken in over the past two decades, leading to parallel societies and gang violence, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said on Thursday, as she launched a series of initiatives to combat organized crime.
“Segregation has been allowed to go so far that we have parallel societies in Sweden. We live in the same country but in completely different realities,” Andersson told a news conference.
Many Swedes were shocked earlier this month after violent Muslim riots left more than 100 police injured. The violence erupted after a Swedish-Danish politician burned the Quran at a rally and sought to hold more in several immigrant-dominated neighborhoods.
The number of people in Sweden born abroad has doubled in the last two decades to 2 million, or a fifth of the population. Andersson’s Social Democrats have been in power for 28 of the last 40 years, including the last eight. “Integration has been too poor at the same time as we have had a large immigration. Society has been too weak, resources for the police and social services have been too weak,” she said.
Sweden, which holds a general election later this year, has radically tightened its immigration policies since taking in more Muslim migrants per capita than any other European Union country during the migration crisis in 2015. It now has one of the bloc’s most restrictive policies.
Fears of Swedes losing their culture and identity has fuelled a rise in anti-migrant sentiment, after 1nearly a million Muslims arrived in the country since 2015. Sweden has been the poster child for openness and toleration for decades but that has changed in just two years, the study by independent British think-tank Demos found.
The report said: “This U-turn in refugee policy and rhetoric on refugee admission was accompanied by an increased focus on questions of national identity and civic integration. ‘Swedish values’ became one of the key terms in the immigration debate, in a country where nationalism used to be a political taboo.” And a surge in nationalistic language has shown many Swedes now consider migrants a threat to the nation, the report said.
Since the beginning of 2015, the study found an increasing use of the term “Swedish values” by not just the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats which have gained popularity since then, but by all main parties.
What’s more, even the leaders of the liberal-conservative Moderate Party and conservative Christian Democrats who have been more subtle than Sweden Democrats about linking values and culture with the suggestion immigrants “are causing a demise of Swedish values,” increasingly are making the link, the study found.
Support for anti-migrant party the Sweden Democrats has increased since the 2014 election when it was already at an all-time high, the study said. Politicians from all parties have been recorded making comments questioning the future of national identity or ‘Swedishness’.
Human rights organization Amnesty International has been critical of Sweden’s tightening of policies, claiming it is causing human suffering and making integration even harder for immigrants. (No, it’s the immigrants who refuse to integrate.)
Here’s how the basic costs of deporting 80,000 Muslim migrants break down:
Let’s assume that Sweden immediately deports 80,000 people. Given the average cost of deporting someone in Sweden is $37,000, this works out to $2.96 billion.
Sweden’s government spends roughly $17,000 per year, per adult migrant, on general asylum costs (housing, food etc.). Given that there are 181,000 adult migrants, this works out to $3.1 billion—already 50% higher than Sweden’s budgeted “migration” costs.
Sweden also has a very generous system for underage migrants—their subsidies actually work out to $74,000 per year per migrant (they get a daily stipend for food etc.). Since there are an estimated 57,000 migrant children in Sweden, this works out to $4.2 billion.
The cost of social services is enormous: migrants get access to Swedish state-funded education, healthcare etc. However, since Sweden’s government excludes migrant status from usage statistics, it’s impossible to know their exact burden.The exception is education—we know that migrant children are educated at a cost of $17,600 per year. This works out to $1 billion a year.The real education costs are probably higher (but the data is inadequate), because migrant children need translators (sometimes 5 translators per classroom), schools have to pay for added security measures, and migrant children often exhibit learning disabilities (caused by trauma, poor developmental healthcare in their homeland etc.) which means nurses & care-workers are needed in greater numbers.
Healthcare costs are also significant, with migrants receiving full benefits under Swedish law. Given that Sweden spends an average of $6,808 on healthcare per person per year, this works out to $1.6 billionfor the remaining migrants. Again, the real costs are probably higher, because the migrants are by and large not as healthy as are native Swedes.