Violence in Post-Refugee Sweden Reaches Staggering Levels


Much has been written over the past several years about the massive influx of mostly Muslim refugee migrants to Europe and the radical cultural changes those migrants brought with them to the nations they ultimately settled in.

Bear in mind that the overwhelming majority of those migrants weren’t really refugees at all, as the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees admitted in a report. For the year 2015, only about 0.4 percent (less than 300 total) of the 118,000 refugees accepted by other nations around the world were actually in dire need of resettling and could honestly proclaim themselves a refugee, according to The Western Journal.

That means more than 99 percent of those who fled North Africa and the Middle East for western and northern Europe were migrating for economic or criminal purposes, and though that fact is typically downplayed by European governments, the reality of the situation is increasingly intruding on their precious innocent refugees narrative.

Perhaps the most vivid example of this reality is the case of Sweden, a prosperous Scandinavian nation once considered one of the safest countries on earth but which is now wracked with rapidly spiking levels of violent crime, according to a shocking report in Politico.

Sweden took in so many migrants and refugees that the nation was dubbed a “humanitarian superpower,” and the generosity of the nation’s welfare state in conjunction with their open arms for third-world migrants was held up as the “Swedish model” for other progressive nations to emulate.

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However, due to a surge in radical Islamic terrorism — both in attacks and new recruits — bombings, car torchings, grenade attacks and shootings — among other violent crimes like sexual assault, a majority of which are committed by young immigrants — Sweden is now being looked at by other nations as an example of what not to do.

The piece lamented the fact that grenade attacks and shootings have become so common over the past couple of years that they no longer shock the nation or warrant top headlines among media outlets.

In the early 1990s, there were on average about four gang-related shootings per year in Sweden. In 2017, there were at least 40 such violent incidents.

According to Swedish outlet The Local, there were 306 official shooting incidents in Sweden in 2017, which caused 135 injuries and 41 deaths — more than a third of which occurred in the nation’s capital of Stockholm.

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“A large proportion of the shootings are judged to be linked to conflicts between criminals,” explained a police spokesperson. “Conflicts often revolve around drug deals, (gang) rivalry and revenge (attacks). Victims of crime as well as perpetrators are often young, perhaps born in the 1990s, and difficult to motivate with social efforts.”

As to the rising level of gun violence in a nation that is proud of their rather stringent gun control laws, the intelligence head of the Swedish Police National Operations, Linda Staaf, stated, “We’re working to reduce the presence of illegal weapons.”

“Swedish police are working strategically and operatively with countries in the western Balkan region and other parts of Europe to detect and counteract the networks and individuals who smuggle weapons,” she added.

Unfortunately, police departments are largely under-resourced and understaffed, so much so that even doubling the amount of police in certain areas has done little to make a difference in the increasing violent crime rates.

The crime has become so blatant and widespread that government officials are no longer able to easily gloss over or cover up the rising number of rapes and sexual assaults, anti-Semitic crimes, acts of terrorism or the prevalence of “no-go zones” where authorities and service personnel dare not enter without armed police escorts.

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All of this has resulted in Sweden transforming from a low-crime progressive Utopia to having a murder rate much higher than that of the average Western European country. The spike in shootings and bombings even resulted in the governments of both Canada and the United Kingdom going so far as to issue travel warnings to their citizens who were planning on traveling to Sweden.

Though Swedish authorities loathe to admit it, throwing open the door to hordes of unvetted migrants that refuse to integrate with their gracious hosts’ society has allowed for a terrible surge in violence that isn’t going to go away unless dramatic measures are taken.

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Ben Marquis is a writer who identifies as a constitutional conservative/libertarian. He has written about current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. His focus is on protecting the First and Second Amendments.
Ben Marquis has written on current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. He reads voraciously and writes about the news of the day from a conservative-libertarian perspective. He is an advocate for a more constitutional government and a staunch defender of the Second Amendment, which protects the rest of our natural rights. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with the love of his life as well as four dogs and four cats.
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