Sweden failed to integrate immigrants – prime minister

Amid violent riots Magdalena Andersson has admitted serious flaws in country’s migrant policy

Segregation in Swedish society has gone “To far” and the integration of immigrants is “Too poor,” Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson admitted on Thursday, following the violent riots there earlier this month. The unrest erupted after an anti-Muslim politician, Rasmus Paludan, announced a burning “tour” of the Quran during the holy month of Ramadan.

The riots saw dozens of people arrested, a school set on fire and more than 100 police officers injured, in a country where, during the migration crisis of 2015, around 163,000 migrants requested asylum – more people per capita than in any other EU nation.

Commenting on these events during a press conference, Andersson said that “Separation has been permitted to be so.” and that it has resulted in the appearance of “parallel societies” in Sweden, living in “completely different realities.”

In Andersson’s opinion, integration has been “Too poor” because society was “To weak” and resources provided for the police and social services has been insufficient.

It will be necessary to review our past truths, and take tough decisions.,” the prime minister, who represents the Swedish Social Democratic Party which has been heading the government since 2014, told reporters.

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Protester build a burning barricade on a street during rioting in Norrkoping, Sweden on April 17, 2022. © AFP / Stefan JERREVANG
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Anders Ygeman (Minister of Integration and Migration) spoke in the same conference. He stated that the problem with gang crimes cannot be addressed without addressing segregation. He announced that the Swedish government will take further steps to improve the control of vulnerable youth behaviour and strengthen police forces.

Each person who gets support has to meet some expectations.” Ygeman underlined.Sweden’s foreign-born population has doubled in the last two decades and now amounts to two million, which is a fifth of the whole country’s population. The country received a record number of immigrants in 2015. More than 40% of Swedes considered that figure too high, according to Ipsos’ 2016 survey. In response to that concern, the government implemented strict restrictions which made its immigration policy the most difficult in Europe.

Amnesty International and other human rights activists have criticised these measures along with state-provided surveillance powers for police.



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