Amid violent riots, Magdalena Andersson has admitted serious flaws in the country’s migration policy
Segregation in Swedish society is gone”too far» and the integration of immigrants is «too poor“, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson admitted on Thursday, following violent riots earlier this month. The unrest broke out after an anti-Muslim politician, Rasmus Paludan, announced a fire “to visit”of the Quran during the holy month of Ramadan.
The riots have seen dozens of people arrested, a school burnt down and more than 100 police officers injured, in a country where during the 2015 migration crisis around 163,000 migrants sought asylum – more people per capita than in all another EU country.
Commenting on these events at a press conference, Andersson said that “segregation has been allowed to go so far» and that it led to the appearance of «parallel societies“in Sweden, living in”completely different realities.
According to Andersson, the integration was “too poor“because society was”too weak,and the resources provided to the police and social services have been insufficient.
“We will have to re-evaluate our past truths and make some tough decisions“, told the press the Prime Minister, who represents the Swedish Social Democratic Party which has led the government since 2014.
Absorption and Migration Minister Anders Ygeman, who was speaking at the same press conference, said in turn that the issue of gang crime cannot be solved without addressing the problem of segregation. Therefore, he announced, the Swedish government plans to introduce new measures to strengthen the police and ensure better control of the behavior of vulnerable young people.
“Any accompanied person must also meet certain expectations,Ygeman pointed out. Sweden’s foreign-born population has doubled over the past two decades and now stands at two million, or one-fifth of the country’s total population. Since welcoming a record number of immigrants in 2015, and more than 40% of Swedes considering that number to be too high (according to an Ipsos survey in 2016), the country’s government has implemented restrictions that have makes the country’s immigration policy one of the strictest. in Europe.
These new measures, as well as the state’s granting of additional surveillance powers to the police, have drawn criticism from human rights defenders, including Amnesty International.