Sweden is facing a crisis with the integration of large numbers of immigrants who have flooded the country in recent years. Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said on April 28 that the integration of immigrants had failed, fueling gang crime in the Scandinavian country. To tackle the problem, Sweden’s Prime Minister announced a series of initiatives aimed at controlling the rise of organized crime in the country.
The announcement came after violent riots in Sweden left more than 100 police officers injured. According to reports, the riots broke out in the country after a Swedish-Danish politician burned a copy of the Muslim holy book Quran during a rally and suggested similar fires would take place in immigrant-dominated neighborhoods.
The authorities’ failure to integrate the immigrants the country has received in recent years has led to the formation of parallel societies. Gang violence is far more prevalent in the country than in other European countries, the data shows.
Blaming criminals for the law and order situation, Prime Minister Andersson said extremism on both sides, i.e. Islamic and right-wing, was allowed to grow in Sweden. She said: “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.
The population of foreign-born people over the past two decades stands at 2 million, or one-fifth of the total population. She said: “Integration was too weak in the days when we had high immigration. Society has been too weak, resources for the police and social services have been too weak. Notably, his Social Democratic Party has been in power for 28 of the past 40 years. Since 2014, the party has ruled the nation.
The growing number of gun violence in Sweden
According to a report by the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention published in 2021 [PDF English Summery], the country, which was once considered one of the safest countries in the world, now ranks first in Europe in terms of fatal shootings. Notably, in the early 2000s, Sweden had the best crime statistics in the region. However, in 2019, he reported maximum shots in Europe.
The report states: “Regarding the level of firearm homicides, the rate in Sweden is very high compared to other European countries, at approximately 4 deaths per million population per year. The average for Europe is around 1.6 per million inhabitants.
According to reports, authorities have identified 60 “vulnerable areas” in Sweden. Mainly inhabited by immigrants, unemployment and crime rates are higher in these areas than in other areas of Sweden. With only 5.4% of the population, 50% of shootings took place in these areas. The study suggested that most homicides in 2020 took place in these so-called vulnerable areas.
Since 2020, many high-profile murders have taken place, as a result Deputy National Police Chief Mats Löfving had to issue a statement in which he pointed out that 40 migrant clans operate in Sweden and held them responsible for violence.
He said: “These clans came to Sweden only for organized crime. They work to create power, they have a great capacity for violence and they want to make money. And they do it through drug crimes, violent crimes and extortion.
Sweden is due to hold a general election at the end of 2022. In recent times, the country has tried to make its immigration policies strict. As a result, the dubious human rights organization Amnesty International criticized Sweden and claimed that tougher policies were causing human suffering and making integration more difficult for immigrants.