Original translation by Liberty Dk with much thanks!
(Article from Danish newspaper Berlingske – 2 April, 20150)
Sweden crumbling under immigration policy pressure
Social Democrat Johan Westerholm has spoken out. He ends this article with the disturbing words – words that can be read as a kind of apocalyptic vision of Swedish society, “We have arrived at the station now. Here it comes. Duck your heads. ”
In Denmark, immigration policy has raced to the top of voters’ agenda. In France the party National Front has surged forward in local elections. The same is happening in several other European countries who share the same issues. This reflects a new reality in a Europe that is dealing with very significant immigration. And this reality has hit Sweden – hard.
Sweden has, for a number of years, and under successive governments, had a very lenient immigration policy. If the development continues, the original Swedish people will be a minority as early as the 2040’s. All in just 30 years.
Sweden is already facing enormous difficulties in dealing with the many asylum seekers and refugees that have to be integrated into local communities. Right now a massive housing shortage is emerging. It costs money. Of particular concern is the fact that many immigrants cannot work and cannot support themselves. This goes beyond the capacity of Swedish society to maintain growth and prosperity.
You often hear references to the fact that Sweden is experiencing high growth. It is true that the Swedish economy as a whole is growing. But if you want to measure how much a country’s wealth increases, one must look at growth per capita. And it is low in Sweden. The cake has become bigger, but has to be distributed between far more people. The last four years, per capita growth has been zero. This is described by the Tino Sanandaji . It can be felt on welfare. According to Swedish Television (SVT) there has, since 2005, been a doubling of the number of pensioners living below the EU poverty threshold.
But the great migration and the poor integration can also be seen in something as crucial as school pupils’ grades. Sweden has previously been at the top when their primary schools were compared with primary schools in other countries. But Sweden has now plummeted to number 38 – below the average for all OECD countries. And a fairly new study shows that children in schools with many bilingual pupils generally do far worse than students at other schools.
Unemployment among immigrants and their descendants is also high. The same with crime. This was made clear from a study made by the National Police in Sweden. They have identified 55 neighborhoods in 22 cities where the police find it difficult to work. The proportion of immigrants is often high in these areas. For example, 80 percent of the 50,000 residents in Angered community outside Gothenburg have other ethnic background than Swedish.
The authorities speak discreetly about ‘segregation problems’.
In Gothenburg, there has just been a much discussed incident that involved gunfire, an incident that apparently was gang-related. Two men walked into a restaurant in the Bishop’s Palace, which is one of the most congested areas with a high proportion of residents with immigrant background. Here they began shooting with automatic weapons at 30-40 people who were sitting watching football on TV.
Two were killed and eight wounded. But this is far from a unique incident. There has been extensive incidences in recent years of shootings, violence and many cars have been set on fire. Already nearly two years ago there was a headline in Expressen: “The horror of living in Gothenburg is growing”.
Crime also sometimes shows itself in attacks on governments and social institutions. Second Christmas Day and the day after, several police cars and police busses at a police station in Gothenburg were set aflame. A few months ago in Malmö a courthouse was attacked with a bomb. There are almost daily shootings and often arson. Last week the Prime Minister was physically and verbally attacked when he visited the Bishop’s Palace in Gothenburg, which had been the scene of the much publicized shooting. On the same day the Minister of Justice was assaulted by an asylum seeker with a fire extinguisher in an asylum center.
These attacks on government instances coincides with the growing Islamic radicalization in several areas. Gothenburg has for several years been plagued by problems of growing parallel societies in the immigrant ghettos. The same picture is seen in other cities where there are clans, strict social control, especially young women in the Muslim communities and enforcement of Sharia, Quranic laws and regulations.
Moreover, Islamic State has also got a frighteningly good grip on young Muslims in Sweden. Swedish TV recently described how accolades for Islamic State is proliferating on the web. The many sites online that supports Islamic state, have hundreds of supporters. The proportion of young Muslims who travel from Sweden to Syria, is also high. Many “holy warriors” come from Gothenburg, which is now called the ‘Islamic State Capital of Scandinavia “.
Terror researcher Magnus Ranstorp believes that the fear to be seen as racist has been an impediment to recognizing that Muslim communities are hotbeds of Islamic terror and IS-warriors. “The problem is that Sweden will not talk about Islamist terrorism, but only about right-and left-wing extremism. The Swedish society cannot deal with the issue, because we are used to a consensus, where everyone is right. Therefore, we are vulnerable to terror, “he said in an interview with the Danish newspaper Kristelig Dagblad.
But the fear of talking about the problems regarding large scale immigration is perhaps beginning to diminish. Swedish TV is increasingly showing reports on what is happening. And Johan Westerholm, a well-known Swedish Social Democrat and former intelligence officer, has just written a warning on his blog on allowing so many asylum seekers into the country. Westerholm writes:
“The only thing I really wonder about is what is going to happen first – a major epidemic outbreak (because so many are crammed together, ed.), or that people become victims of violence (…). We cannot provide 15,000 beds of an appropriate standard within the time we have available. We will also not be able to adjust the labor market, education and training, health care or police for what is coming. We do not have time anymore. We have used that up. ”
Johan Westerholm ends his considerations with these disturbing words – words that can be read as a kind of apocalyptic vision of Swedish society, “We have arrived at the station now. Here it comes. Duck your heads. ”
Maybe it’s too late to reverse the trend in Sweden. But what about Denmark and the rest of Europe?