Sweden falls out of love with migrants: Report finds the liberal nation now has a much more negative view of immigration

  • Far-right Swedish groups are encouraging lack of tolerance to migration
  • A report learned that the ‘tide was turning’ after a series of sexual assaults
  • Dozens of teenage girls were assaulted by ‘foreign youths’ at festival in 2016 

Sweden has a much more negative view of immigration following a spate of horrifying sex attacks, a new reports finds.

Researchers found that far-right Swedish groups are encouraging the country’s increasing lack of tolerance when it comes to migration.

The European Network Against Racism (ENAR) carried out research on racism and discrimination towards migrants across 26 EU countries.

They stated that the ‘tide was turning’ after a series of sexual assaults – including the attack on dozens of teenage girls by a mob of ‘foreign youths’ at a music festival  in 2016.

Sweden has a much more negative view of immigration following a spate of horrifying sex attacks, a new reports finds (pictured immigration officers)

Sweden has a much more negative view of immigration following a spate of horrifying sex attacks, a new reports finds (pictured immigration officers)

Sweden appears to be more progressive than other EU nations on immigration, but is becoming less tolerant, the report concluded.

It said that the media was ‘conflating the Muslim community with issues of terrorism and security’.

‘In terms of immigration and integration policies it appears that Sweden is more progressive than other countries, but the tide is also turning,’ ENAR spokesperson Georgina Siklossy told The Local.

‘A number of restrictions to existing migration and integration policies have been introduced, and the media discourse has shifted from positive welcoming of refugees and asylum seekers to portraying migration, and by extension, migrants, as a problem.’

‘This also has an impact on people who have lived in Sweden for two or three generations and continue to be regarded as “alien elements”,’ she added.

There were 43 arson attacks against asylum seeker housing in Sweden in 2015 – while a group of masked men assaulted people who looked ‘foreign’ in Stockholm, the Kantor Center recorded.

Sweden is one of several EU member states where ‘the narrative purports that ‘white’ European women must be protected from predatory migrant Muslim men,’ the ENAR’s study added.

The Swedish Democrats launched Anti-Roma adverts in the Stockholm subway in 2015.

The study alleged that this made it ‘as obvious as possible that certain migrants are not welcome’ and normalize racism against Roma people’.

The adverts prompted public outcry however, and ‘individuals as well as organizations’ condemned them, ENAR added.

According to The Local, the number of reported rapes has gone up from 4,208 in 2006 to 6,560 in 2016.

Alexandra Larsson (pictured) told MailOnline she was molested by a mob of 'foreign youths' at a Swedish music festival in July 2016

Alexandra Larsson (pictured) told MailOnline she was molested by a mob of ‘foreign youths’ at a Swedish music festival in July 2016

At least 35 aged between 12 and 17 reported being attacked during the 'Party in the Park' festival in Karlstad, 250 miles from Stockholm in Sweden's Varmland County

At least 35 aged between 12 and 17 reported being attacked during the ‘Party in the Park’ festival in Karlstad, 250 miles from Stockholm in Sweden’s Varmland County

It comes after a mob of ‘foreign youths’ sexually assaulted dozens of females at a Swedish music festival in July 2016.

At least 35 aged between 12 and 17 reported being attacked during the ‘Party in the Park’ festival in Karlstad, 250 miles from Stockholm in Sweden’s Varmland County.

Some of the alleged victims reported being ‘kissed and groped’ in scenes similar to the Cologne New Year attacks, in which dozens of women reported being assaulted.

Later that month, stickers threatening women with rape if they don’t wear headscarves have been posted in the streets of a small town in Sweden.

The sick messages appeared on objects in the streets of Nybro, Smaland, along with stickers calling for democracy to be replaced with Islam.

Pictures of them circulated on social media – but it’s not clear who put them up.

In April this year, three men – including two Afghan migrants – were sentenced to prison in Sweden for participating in a gang rape that was live streamed in a closed Facebook group.

The three men, aged 18 to 24, were arrested in January in Uppsala, north of Stockholm, after police received tips about the rape streaming in the group of 60,000 members and interrupted the broadcast.

Two of the men are Afghan citizens and the third is a Swedish citizen of Afghan descent.

Swedish media have published excerpts of the footage, showing at least one of the suspects holding a revolver.

It comes as the Prime Minister of Sweden vowed his country will ‘never go back’ to recent levels of mass immigration after it emerged the terrorist who killed four people in a truck attack was a failed asylum seeker.

Stefan Löfven pledged to change his country’s liberal attitude, insisting the massive influx allowed during the 2015 migrant crisis would never happen again.

Some of the alleged victims reported being 'kissed and groped' in scenes similar to the Cologne New Year attacks, at the festival (pictured)

Some of the alleged victims reported being ‘kissed and groped’ in scenes similar to the Cologne New Year attacks, at the festival (pictured)

According to Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet there was a violent, unprovoked rampage at Stockholm station by a masked mob of neo-Nazis and football hooligans who were targeting migrants in 2016

According to Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet there was a violent, unprovoked rampage at Stockholm station by a masked mob of neo-Nazis and football hooligans who were targeting migrants in 2016

Rakhmat Akilov, from Uzbekistan, hijacked the lorry and deliberately drove into pedestrians on central Stockholm’s main shopping street in April.

It was a copycat of the attack carried out in London in March, when Khalid Masood killed four pedestrians and injured dozens more with a Hyundai 4×4. Swedish police said there were clear similarities.

Akilov is thought to have carried out reconnaissance along his route days earlier.

Four were killed and 15 injured when he drove a 30-ton truck down a pedestrianised area and smashed into a department store. Chris Bevington, a 41-year-old father-of-two from Britain, was killed close to his office.

But it emerged yesterday Swedish authorities had given Akilov four weeks to leave Sweden after his final asylum appeal failed in December.

He was being sought by police and immigration officials for deportation – but evaded them simply by giving a false address.

‘Sweden will never go back to the [mass migration] we had in autumn 2015, never,’ Mr Löfven said.

‘Everyone who has been denied a permit should return home.

‘This makes me feel enormously frustrated. If you have been denied a visa you are supposed to leave the country.’

Sweden has taken in 650,000 asylum-seekers in the past 15 years, 163,000 of whom entered in 2015 alone, according to The Spectator.

Disgusting stickers threatening women with rape if they don’t wear headscarves were posted in the streets of a small town in Sweden in 2016

Disgusting stickers threatening women with rape if they don’t wear headscarves were posted in the streets of a small town in Sweden in 2016

Of that figure, 35,000 were ‘unaccompanied children’ – but anyone can be classed as a child if they look young enough, as proof of age is only asked for if they are ‘obviously’ older than their stated age.

The Spectator spoke to a number of immigrants who claimed to be younger than they are to minimize risk of deportation.

Elsewhere in Sweden, there are issues not just with ordinary crime, but with terrorism – resulting in a terror level currently set at ‘elevated’.

Police say at least 300 Swedes have gone to Syria and Iraq for training as jihadis.

They include Mohammed Tofik Saleh, 34, an Iraqi-born Swiss citizen who was arrested on February 11, authorities say.

It’s believed that he and Mahamad Laban, 45, a Lebanon-born Danish citizen, were plotting an attack in Europe when they were arrested in Turkey.

Officials say they had both been training with ISIS since 2014.

And on February 3 a Swedish court turned over evidence found in the country that was believed to be connected to the 2016 Brussels attacks.

That evidence was found in Malmo – a city whose police chief, Stefan Sinteus, asked locals in an open letter this month to help cops stem the ‘upward spiral of violence.’

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‘Tide turning’ on Sweden’s attitude to immigration: report

'Tide turning' on Sweden's attitude to immigration: report
An anti-Roma advert taken out by the Sweden Democrats in 2015 is mentioned in the report. Photo: Bertil Ericson/TT
Sweden’s progressive attitude towards immigration is changing, according to a new report on racism and migration in the EU.

NGO network the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) carried out a report on racism and discrimination in the context of migration across 26 EU countries, and when it comes to Sweden, researchers concluded that while the country appears to be more progressive than other EU nations on immigration, the tide is turning.

The report highlights examples of attacks on migrants, anti-migrant discourse, and far-right vigilante activity in Sweden.

“In terms of immigration and integration policies it appears that Sweden is more progressive than other countries, but the tide is also turning. A number of restrictions to existing migration and integration policies have been introduced, and the media discourse has shifted from positive welcoming of refugees and asylum seekers to portraying migration, and by extension, migrants, as a problem,” ENAR press spokesperson Georgina Siklossy told The Local.

“This also has an impact on people who have lived in Sweden for two or three generations and continue to be regarded as ‘alien elements’,” she added.

Citing figures recorded by the Kantor Center, the report notes that 43 arson attacks against asylum seeker accommodation occurred in Sweden in 2015, while in 2016 a group of black-clad masked men assaulted people who looked ‘foreign’ in Stockholm.

READ ALSO: New stats on asylum homes torched in Sweden in 2016

Those attacks are likely linked to wider anti-migrant debates in Sweden, according to Siklossy:

“Violence against migrants is fuelled by hateful anti-migrant discourse, although it is complex and difficult to prove a direct correlation between the two. Nevertheless, civil society organizations across Europe report that such discourse legitimises violent attacks, emboldens people with racist views to take action, and contributes to an overall climate of hostility towards migrants.”

“The perpetrators of such attacks are hard to determine, although several are involved in far-right groups or movements, and it’s clear far-right groups and parties play a role in opposition to asylum centres in this instance, distributing leaflets and mobilizing their supporters,” the ENAR spokesperson added.

ENAR’s report observes that far-right groups have been successful in setting the tone on migration, and that media outlets “conflate the Muslim community with issues of terrorism and security”.

One person the organization interviewed said they felt that in Sweden “the media image around migrants basically means a Muslim, and that coverage about Muslims – in this case people who fled or have come here because of conflicts – are associated with what has become known as extremism”.

Sweden is also one of several EU Member States where “the narrative purports that ‘white’ European women must be protected from predatory migrant Muslim men,” ENAR’s study adds.

Anti-Roma adverts launched by the Sweden Democrats (SD) in the Stockholm subway in 2015 meanwhile make it “as obvious as possible that certain migrants are not welcome” and normalize racism against Roma people.

The adverts sparked strong reactions however, and “individuals as well as organizations” condemned them, ENAR elaborates, but it is difficult to judge what proportion of the Swedish population is against the sentiments according to Siklossy:

“The research doesn’t go more deeply into this aspect. Of course it’s very positive that there was public condemnation of the advertising, but it is difficult to include from that instance that the vast majority of Swedes are against such sentiments, notably in the context of increasing support for SD in the 2014 elections.”

READ ALSO: Stir over anti-begging ad for tourists in Stockholm

In its conclusion, the report argues that across the EU there have been few specific efforts made to combat discrimination through legislative measures, while in contrast there are many examples of increasingly restrictive policies.

Most of the focus is on security and return measures, ENAR believes, while more attention needs to be given to two-way integration instead.

“There is no such thing as homogeneous nation-states in Europe but until this is understood more clearly by EU Member Sates, anti-migrant sentiments and racism will continue,” the study concludes.

READ ALSO: How is Sweden tackling its integration challenge?

https://www.thelocal.se/20170510/tide-turning-on-swedens-attitude-to-immigration-report

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  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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