Much can be denied and swept under the carpet when it comes to challenges the Swedish society is faced with after the immigrant wave last year, but one thing is difficult to explain away: the number of murders.
There have been between 12 and 15 murders per month this year. In total 121 murders so far this year (end of September). If it continues like this the last three months, the number of murders in Sweden has increased by over 80 percent in just two years. And this with an increase of the population of under four percent, reports DB.
Sweden is thus likely to get around 160 murders this year. In 2015, 115 people were murdered in the country, and in 2014 the number of murders was 87.
Neighbouring country Norway had in comparison 23 murders in 2015, the lowest number in 44 years. Sweden will this year have almost seven times as many murders as Norway, and this with just twice as many inhabitants.
The comprehensive immigration issues Sweden now faces have to do with the fact that the country has received many times as many people as it is able to handle and integrate in any sensible way.
Add to this that thousands of the 160,000 asylum seekers who came last year already have had their asylum application rejected. This means that many - who have used their savings or borrowed money from friends, neighbors and family to travel to Sweden - now have been told that they will be sent back. Many who have been rejected therefore goes underground, where they may end up being recruited by criminal gangs, and thus contribute to that the great challenges Sweden already has when it comes to crime, become even worse.
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There is nothing with the Swedish society itself that suggests that immigration should be greater than to Norway. Quite the opposite, Norway has more generous welfare systems and lower unemployment. What matters is one point: Sweden signaled that it was a country open to immigration. Norway has been considerably more restrictive when it comes to immigration.
Evidence indicates that the challenging situation in Sweden is no longer possible to sweep under the carpet. The Sweden Democrats is a party that is now about to become the largest political party in Sweden. The tide has clearly turned.
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