Riots put Sweden's open-door immigration policy in spotlight

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By Alistair Scrutton and Simon Johnson

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's worst riots in years might benefit a far-right party in elections next year if scenes of immigrants burning cars and smashing up buildings cause voters to rethink their traditional welcome to foreigners.

Even before the week of riots in the poorer neighborhoods of Stockholm, immigration had become a hot political issue, as the number of asylum seekers reached record levels.

The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats party shot to third place in polls earlier this year and the riots could help them secure more political clout at 2014 elections.

The riots, where many youths torched cars and threw stones at police and rescue services, happened as violent attacks on soldiers in Britain and France, blamed on Islamist militants, raised urgent questions about intolerance and integration.

"It is tragic. This is not good for us as immigrants. It becomes harder for us to live here," said Rahimzadagan Abdolsaheb, 49, an Iranian-born taxi driver. "There will surely be more racism because of this."

Many Nordic anti-immigration parties - backed by just a small minority in a region famous for its tolerance of minorities - lost support after Anders Behring Breivik, a white supremacist, murdered 77 people in Norway in 2011.

But they are once again on the rise.

Immigration Minister Tobias Billstrom broke government ranks earlier this year to say that Sweden's intake of immigrants was "not sustainable".

Billstrom sparked furor when he said people protecting illegal immigrants were no longer "blonde and blue-eyed" but fellow migrants exploiting cheap labor.

Rising concern about immigration has coincided with worries about employment, with heavy job losses in the car industry and at companies including Ericsson and airline SAS.

Reflecting a hardening in rhetoric, the pro-immigration prime minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt, called the rioting "hooliganism".

INCREASING POLARISATION

Opinion polls show most Swedes support immigration and that many are more tolerant of foreigners than 20 years ago.

But while those opposed to immigration are in a minority, their number may be on the rise and could be further boosted by the riots.

"It will be a step to increasing polarization on the issue of integration in Sweden," said Andreas Johansson Heino, a political scientist at Sweden's Timbro think-tank. "These kinds of things benefit parties like the Sweden Democrats."

Some 43,900 asylum seekers arrived in 2012, a nearly 50 percent jump from 2011 and the second highest on record. Nearly half were from Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia and will get at least temporary residency. There was a total of 103,000 new immigrants.

Some 15 percent of Sweden's population is foreign born, the highest in the Nordic region. Asylum seekers in particular are drawn by Sweden's robust economy and tradition of helping refugees.

Sweden's liberal-minded mainstream parties are concerned about what happened in Denmark when an anti-immigrant party held the balance of power in the last government, pushing policies including tightening border controls that fuelled tension with other European nations.

The Sweden Democrats have advanced in voter surveys to nearly 10 percent from 5 percent at the last election in 2010. Before the riots, a poll by Novus showed around 20 percent of Swedes believed the Sweden Democrats had the best immigration policy.

"What is happening on the fringes of our big cities is a direct result of irresponsible immigration politics which have created deep divisions in Swedish society," said Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Akesson.

"These splits can't be bridged by building more recreation centers or by the police grilling sausages with youths."

But there are also those who believe Sweden's asylum policies will remain intact after the disturbances and that the Sweden Democrats may have reached a poll ceiling.

"The government and opposition have made it very clear ever since the Sweden Democrats got into parliament it would not in any way affect Swedish immigration," said Ulf Bjereld, professor of political science at Gothenburg. "They have kept their promise."

(Additional reporting by Johan Ahlander, Mia Shanley and Philip O'Connor; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)
http://news.yahoo.com/riots-put-swedens-open-door-immigration-policy-spotlight-160138170.html
 
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Hitler really was ahead of his time.
 

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Why can't they just stay where they originally came from? Why must everyone change because of your archaic and barbaric region?
 

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Ima thinking frying chicken with them is agonna goa lot farther than grilling sausages but I could be wrong.
 

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Political culture in Sweden is a joke. Nothing makes any sense. We are far far "ahead" in PC-culture. The immigration quota should have been lowered 10 years ago to 10% of what it is now. Or maybe 0%, because I don't get it why multiculturalism is necessary at all.

These kids riot because it is fun, it is not because they are poor. There are no real poor people here. The government pour money inte these areas, far more than other areas, but it doesn't help. It doesn't help because the problem is not socio-economical. The problem is multi-culturalism. And this they want forced down everyones throat. But I have never understood any of the arguments of why it is good.

This society will crumble. Multiculturalism can't continue, the state will fail. There are already areas where no government action works.
 
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Demographics

According to Eurostat, in 2010, there were 1.33 million foreign-born residents in Sweden, corresponding to 14.3% of the total population. Of these, 859,000 (9.2%) were born outside the EU and 477,000 (5.1%) were born in another EU Member State.[11][12] The largest groups were:
  1. Finland (163,867)
  2. Former Yugoslavia (157,350)
  3. Iraq (127,860)
  4. Iran (65,649)
  5. Poland (49,518)
  6. Germany (48,731)
  7. Turkey (45,085)
  8. Denmark (44,209)
  9. Somalia (43,966)
  10. Norway (42,884)
[13] The number of Assyrians in Sweden is about 100,000 – 120,000.[14][15] Christian Assyrians are in fact the majority of people from Iraq in Sweden.
The fastest growing groups of foreign-born residents in Sweden between 2011 and 2012 were the following nationalities:
  1. Syria (+5,153)
  2. Afghanistan (+3,995)
  3. Somalia (+3,801)
  4. Bosnia & Herzegovina (+2,458)
  5. Iraq (+2,361)
  6. Thailand (+1,941)
  7. Iran (+1,821)
  8. Eritrea (+1,741)
  9. Turkey (+1,176)
  10. China (+1,161)
 

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You people don't know what you're talking about. Sweden is an immigration and multiculturalism success story. Hack said so... before he was humiliated and slunk away with his head hung in shame.
Sweden has 150,000 Iraqis alone. And Canada has an immigration waiting list...280,000 people on it.

And 20 million illegals is a problem. But we can't be like "We are still better" and dismiss the success of other countries because its our fucking fault we have that problem.
Sweden... breathing in the sweet smell of immigration success.
 

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Can they send all their hot Swedish women over here before they all get tainted?
 

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Political culture in Sweden is a joke. Nothing makes any sense. We are far far "ahead" in PC-culture. The immigration quota should have been lowered 10 years ago to 10% of what it is now. Or maybe 0%, because I don't get it why multiculturalism is necessary at all.

These kids riot because it is fun, it is not because they are poor. There are no real poor people here. The government pour money inte these areas, far more than other areas, but it doesn't help. It doesn't help because the problem is not socio-economical. The problem is multi-culturalism. And this they want forced down everyones throat. But I have never understood any of the arguments of why it is good.

This society will crumble. Multiculturalism can't continue, the state will fail. There are already areas where no government action works.

Nice to hear a perspective on this from a Swede himself. Are you familiar with Mikael Jalving and his book Absolut Sweden?

The program, Red Ice radio, is hosted by a very knowledgeable investigative journalist by the name of Henrik Palgrem, who is Swedish himself

If not, can you listen to a few minutes of this and give your thoughts?


Multiculturalism is being forcibly pushed on European nations in order to undermine national sovereignty in favor of greater dependence on supra-national entities such as the UN, EU, IMF and other globalist entities.
 

BIV

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Okay new guy, it's been long enough. Mix in an avatar.
 

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Top right of the screen. Hover the mouse over your name. When then menu drops down, click on "avatar".

Haven't been seeing an "avatar" option since day 1.

I just see "personal details" and "your profile page" - neither of them gives the option of changing an avatar.

I messaged a mod about it.