Folkhemmet’s leaders and elected representatives have for a long time rejected that there should be a connection between immigration and the increase in gang crime in the country.
But after the number of explosions and shooting episodes broke all records last year and a series of similar, gang-related incidents during the summer – not least the killing of a mere 12-year-old girl who was out to air her dog in early August – have the pipe suddenly got a different sound from the Social Democratic Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.
Integration and crime in Sweden
In Sweden, immigrants from non-EU countries are 14 percentage points more unemployed than non-immigrants. In Denmark, the corresponding figure is just over six percentage points, shows a report from the Nordic Council of Ministers .
– With large migration, it becomes more difficult to create successful integration. And then the risk also grows for the problems we now see, Löfven said during a party leader debate in the Riksdag last week.
In the SVT program Aktuellt , Löfven elaborated:
– When you have immigration of an order of magnitude that means that you do not succeed with integration, then it is that we get social tensions in society.