Total blackout: The Swedish government says no, and refuses to submit statistics on immigrant crime. They are also reluctant to explain why.
Recently, the issue of mapping the various groups represented in crime statistics was discussed in SVT's Agenda, on national TV. It is 11 years since the last time such statistics were put forward in Sweden. Would they consider doing it again? No, not a chance!
And not only that, they would not even debate the issue. Not with the Sweden Democrats (SD) at least. The entire left - the governing parties plus the supporting party V - were conspicuously absent from a political debate on national TV, with the potential of reaching 10 million viewers, with an election coming next year. They would not say why they would not attend, but one begins to understand how sensitive the topic is.
It ended up with a debate between SD top Mattias Karlsson and left-academic Jerzy Sarnecky.
Not since 2005
The last official report that showed the proportion of the criminals who were foreigners, was published by Statistics (Brå) in 2005.
After that, it has not been possible to obtain new, updated figures, despite the fact that SD has repeatedly asked for new statistics. The Minister of Justice has said no every time.
One would imagine that it is important simply to get the facts on the table, and that is a good enough reason, but no. In Sweden, the social climate is so that when addressing "controversial" issues, one must have a pretty darn good explanation for why to do so. An explanation that can be accepted by the establishment.
So when SVT took up this "controversial" issue, it was partly to counter rumors that the established news media black out the truth about the relationship between immigration and crime.
But now, to counter rumors of darkening the truth, suddenly had the opposite effect.
Because, if it was not evident before Sunday's Agenda that some would like to bury these statistics, it has now been made perfectly crystal clear.
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