During the 1990's, Swedish police discovered a new phenomenon in some suburbs. Local criminals joined forces and intensified their criminal practices. (…) Since the turn of the millennium, criminal networks that are tied to certain geographical areas have become a growing problem in Sweden.
In Sweden, there are currently 55 geographic areas where local criminal networks are considered to have a negative impact on the local community. These socio-economically disadvantaged areas (vulnerable zones or “utsatta områden” in Swedish) are found in 22 cities, from large cities to small towns. (…) The vulnerable zones are characterised by ethnic and economic segregation, high unemployment, low education and a high sickness rate.
The developments in the vulnerable zones have caused difficulties in crime investigation. The police have difficulties to work in these areas. The locals not only show no willingness to cooperate with the police, but they often attack police vehicles.
The problems are aggravated by the fact that the public in the vulnerable zones understands that it is the criminals who control the areas. Such a view may contest the role of the police as a guarantor of security, and ultimately reduce the public's tendency to turn to the police. The situation in these areas raises concerns. In many cases the police have not been able to fulfill their duties for these reasons.
The whole report is here, in Swedish only. This is the map of 'vulnerable zones' in the Stockholm metropolitan area:
This is what Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister of Sweden, wrote recently:
Swedish public opinion has become much more favorable toward immigration since the early 1990s. (...)
In fact, the numbers are high – not in comparison with a country like Turkey, but certainly relative to other European Union countries. Sweden and Germany receive the largest inflows of immigrants by far – and Germany is nearly ten times the size of Sweden.
Our tradition of being open to refugees is not new. People came from the Baltic countries in the 1940s, Hungary in 1956, Chile after the 1973 coup, and Iran after the 1979 revolution. For decades, Swedish industry was dependent on immigrant workers.
During the Bosnian War of the 1990s, Sweden opened its doors to some 100,000 people – a challenge at any time, much less during a period of profound economic crisis. But it still turned out well: The Bosnian immigrants have fared roughly as well as the Swedes who received them, and they have enriched our society.
OK. The immigrants from the Baltics countries, Hungary and Bosnia were all Europeans sharing common cultural background. Chile is basically a European nation, too. Many of the Iranian immigrants after 1979 were Westernized people whose values and attitudes were compatible with the Swedish society. Bildt goes on:
In the new century, refugees have come increasingly from the Middle East and the Horn of Africa. One percent of Sweden’s population today is from Iran, and almost 2% are from Iraq. Indeed, after the Iraq war, the small town of Södertälje took in more Iraqi refugees than the United States did. (...)
Sweden, already a humanitarian superpower in terms of the aid it provides to conflict regions, certainly will not close its doors. But other European countries will have to bear more of the burden, and the authorities will have to do more to facilitate integration.
Well, Carl, you can probably make Swedes from Latvians, Hungarians, Bosnians, even from secularised Iranians. You cannot make Swedes out of Middle Easterners, though. As the recent experience shows, it is easier to make Middle East out of certain areas of Sweden.
The traditional Swedish culture is simply not compatible with the manners that prevail in the Horn of Africa and the Middle East. Sorry, but why do other European countries have to bear the same burden?