If a visitor stays in central Stockholm, or central Malmo, he struggles to see what all the fuss is about. It is very different from Brussels. The buildings are all modern, the streets spotless, the shop windows, at night, achingly well lit. No way is Sweden turning into the next member of the Arab caliphate. No way has that Malmo deserved its nickname, Ramalmo. No way this city of 300,000 deserves its position alongside Marseilles as a hotbed of crime and Islamic extremism. Or does it?
Well, this is part of the problem. Sweden does take in a lot of immigrants, but they are not visible in the wealthy town centres, partly because they don’t have the kind of well-paid respectable jobs that would take them into the town centre as a matter of course. Instead, they are tucked away in the suburbs, where they live on social security. The employment statistics for immigrants in Sweden are astonishingly bad: after eight years, only one in four immigrants has a full time job and can pay his own way in society. After 15 years in the country, the figure rises to a third, according to statistics cited recently by Dagens Industri, Sweden’s equivalent of the Financial Times.i By some calculations, native Swedes will be in a minority in the next 15 years. If the immigrant population grows at current rates will continuing to pay as little aggregate tax as they do (compared to social benefits) then Sweden will face a very dark economic future.
To see how Sweden’s demographics are changing fast, it is advisable to visit one of the suburbs – in Stockholm, Rinkeby, or Tensta, or Skarholmen, in Malmo, Rosengard or Seved; or just about anywhere in Sodertälje, Bjorn Borg’s birthplace. In smaller towns all across Sweden, there are dozens of immigrant suburbs now. Signage in Arabic everywhere, schools where there is barely a native Swede and pass rates low in schools regularly subjected to arson attacks. Sweden is now one of the worst school performers in the international schools standards comparison rankings called the PISA tests, administered by the OECD, way below France, Britain and Denmark (none of them stellar performers themselves). A lot of it has to do with the large scale immigration. In Rosengard, few who pass through high school get the kind of grades that would allow them into university or embark on an apprenticeship. Sixty thousand young men arrived from the Middle East classified as “refugee children” last year; many, perhaps most, are older than 18. One Swedish newspaper posed a man-boy with a teddy bear and took Mohammed’s word for it that he was 16; actually, he looked about 30. Swedish people see through these absurdities and are becoming increasingly cynical and angry about the naivete of the Swedish authorities. These “refugee children” are housed expensively in hostels, hotels or blocks of flats. (In one instance, at the cost of 4,000 pounds a month.) The Swedish Migration Agency hired a cruise ship in order to house 2,000 refugees, but every local authority along the Swedish coast refused the ship mooring rights. So the ship remains unoccupied and moored in the Baltic, with a full crew; the whole fiasco cost the taxpayer a billion kronor – and the refugees have had to be housed elsewhere.
The Migration Agency is full of pro immigration activists who spend the taxpayers’ money like water and there is no accountability. A new breed of entrepreneur, the “asylum housing barons” are winners from the most profitable industry currently in Sweden. There is no way to check the “boys’” stories and it is hard to tell where exactly they are from: are they genuinely fleeing America’s and Saudi’s wars in the Middle East, and are they just from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, or do they come from peaceful countries or peaceful parts of those countries and just fleeing poverty – but how then could they afford the thousands of pounds people smugglers charge? Are they economic opportunists or proxies for economic opportunists, so called anchor children for families that will come later – or the rest of the village that will come later? Or are they refugees genuinely fleeing devastation and bombing? Many are; some are not. Some apparently, while born in, say, Iraq, have lived in Turkey or Europe for some years previously and so are not technically fleeing oppression. Several arrived in Sweden well dressed and carrying iPhones. The Finns, less politically correct, sneered at the “iPhone refugees” and closed their borders. Sweden hasn’t done that. There is considerable anger on social media have been involved in molestations of young Swedish girls at music festivals and the like. The youngest girls have been about 12. There have been a couple of murders of inmates and staff at refugee centres; one of a young Swedish woman staff member by a boy who was allegedly 15 but who was revealed by the foreign press – where you have to go to find out these things – to be a man of 22..
People on social media point out that the Prophet Mohammed married a girl of six. Swimming baths are a point of contact between bored arrivals and natives. I see few teenage girls anymore at the swimming baths I frequent. Instead, I see the jacuzzi permanently occupied by these boy men of the Middle East. Several Swedish swimming baths have appointed anti harassment guards, native Swedish girls of an older age who keep a beady eye on the young Muslim men so that they don’t misbehave against young girls. Many Swedes are terrified of the growing influence of Islam. The Syrians escaping the America’s war in the Middle East may be the best of the lot: relatively westernised looking, urban professionals, many Christian, and Syria having once been a mid-income country. But Sweden has also been receiving immigrants (of both sexes) from other, much poorer, countries, where Somalia and Eritrea stand out. Illiteracy is common among Somalis and I speak to teachers of the compulsory Swedish for immigrants courses who say it is very, very difficult to teach illiterates how to read.
Many Swedes don’t like what they hear about Sharia laws: thieves that get their hands chopped off, stonings for adultery, women who have to wear the veil. (Muslim women in Swedish swimming baths have started wearing burkinis.) They look at the purges of the Christian populations of the Middle East that have followed Islamist takeovers of Iraq, Libya and parts of Syria and wonder whether, if one day Muslims were to become a majority in Sweden, native secular and Christian Swedes would suffer the same fate. Muslim intellectuals talk themselves about minority rights as long as they are in a minority, but in countries where they are in a majority, there are no minority rights, Swedes worried about mass immigration say. US ally Saudi Arabia doesn’t allow the import of bibles or the set up of Christian churches in their kingdom (and doesn’t take in any refugees for the wars.. Meanwhile they cry Islamophobia when Europeans object to the expansion of Saudi-funded political Islam into Europe.
You have so-called balcony girls – Muslim teens shoved off balconies by the family because their boyfriends are not Muslims – and a couple of honour killings which have made headlines.. The elite in media and politics continue to talk about innovation, liberal individualism, and the enriching dynamism produced by a mixed society. Just look at the United States! But the USA has almost no Muslims. The reputation of the Swedish media is very low among many Swedes I talk to. Liberal left journalists refuse to see the dangers of Islam: for instance, they said it was a “lorry” that ran down and killed the 84 people in Nice. Then they blamed the man’s psychological instability; feminists blamed it on men in general. You had to go to alternative blogs to find a spade called a spade: the man was a Muslim connected to ISIS and that was why he ploughed his truck into the crowds on the Nice promenade.
It is strange how Sweden has become such a Trojan horse for globalist values in Europe when Sweden wasn’t bombed in world war 2 or re-engineered after it. The Swedish elite, aware they live in a peripheral location of their country in the scheme of things, have always looked to the hegemon of the moment for cultural inspiration – currently the social model is the USA – and are perhaps blind to the essential, deep values, rooted in the peasant, that have made the country the success it is the industrial era. The Swedish business right has always been very internationalist, while the fashion conscious Stockholm intellectual left has uncritically swallowed thinkers in other countries advocating the end of the nation state and the benefits of mass migration. The internationalism of the business class – and the need to export, because they cannot rely on the home market – has blinded the business elites to the fact that their success relies on a domestic bedrock of solid Swedish laws and values.
The Swedish elite say that migrants bring the kind of dynamic, hard-working approach that has helped America to flourish. But Americans speak a world language and don’t have a developed welfare state – the migrants have to work, they cannot lean back on a generous welfare state like migrants to Sweden can. That forces people into work; while the Swedish welfare state is a barrier to getting people into work – as well as causing huge resentment among high tax-paying natives at these “free-loaders”. AN important fact in Sweden today is the power of women. America forged its values at a time when masculine values dominated. Swedish feminists are naive about what motivates males and the rules needed to bind the young There is a tendency to treat the incomers as substitutes for children and always engage in dialogue and reach-out – regardless of whether this works or not.
Sweden gets Muslim immigrants, radicalised by America’s warmongering in the Middle East. While the USA gets Hispanic immigrants – better. Language is more of a barrier in Sweden: There are widespread complaints from teachers than migrants are not bothering to learn Swedish in the language courses the government provides for free. Further, America is a more business friendly country: Sweden’s high taxes don’t exactly encourage small businesses; the immigrant who tries to start his own company in response to not breaking into the job market faces an uphill struggle. That is why Sweden has the largest employment gap between native-borns and migrants in the EU. The Swedish elite want Sweden to be like America – without paying heed to the fact that Sweden is different society, so immigration will have a different effect. And annual immigration, in proportion to the population, is much higher to Sweden than it was to the USA in the heyday of Ellis Island, critics say. You have to be able to talk about volumes and absorption capacities.
I spend a lot of time in a Swedish town called Skara, population 10,000, a small town idyll of slow traffic and wooden villas, and not a single traffic light. I would say about half the people on the street are non white. As individuals, of course, immigrants are just anyone else. But the bright gloss put upon the influx by the local paper – lots of smiling Arab kids on the front page – does not impress the locals who hear from shopkeepers they know that break-ins are on the rise and, and that new arrivals haggle for everything and sometimes steal bits of fruit and hide under their clothes. Wrapped up Somali mothers and their kids are everywhere. People are annoyed when immigrants cause a fuss on the bus and invariably don’t have the correct change. One man I know who works as a car mechanic says the only thing his white staff and the white customers talk about is immigration. White middle aged males talk of forming “civil guards” against the migrants.
Sweden is not only the country that has taken in more refugees per capita than anyone else in the current crisis (and second in numbers overall, after Germany). It is also a toxic brew of feminism, post nationalism and alienation between political elites and their electorates that may be more extreme than elsewhere in Europe. These three factors, combined with a history of a strong state that drives through social engineering projects on the elite’s say-so, have ensured the large scale immigration we see today.