A private 80-page investigation conducted by a 40-year-old former truck driver and present-day retailer from Eskilstuna is questioning the official notion of immigration being largely beneficial to Sweden by suggesting that men of foreign descent are largely overrepresented in sexual assaults.
By his own admission, Patrik Jonasson surveyed 4,142 rulings regarding sex-related crimes passed by 40 Swedish courts between 2012 and 2014. The study, which took several months to compile, indicated that a whopping 95.6 percent of rapes and 90 percent of group rapes had been committed by men of foreign descent. Men from the Middle East and Africans were particularly overrepresented in various forms of sexual offences.
Additionally, two out of three rapes with aggravating circumstances were reportedly committed by asylum seekers or men who had been recently granted residence permits. By contrast, the proportion of Swedes convicted of sex-related crimes, has decreased sharply since 2013.
While almost completely ignored by Swedish media, the study was nevertheless praised by, among others, the Svenska Dagbladet daily's leading Conservative columnist Ivar Arpi, who tweeted that it was "amazing" that a private citizen could do this kind of research utilizing the publicity principle, yet lamented the fact that the Swedish Crime Prevention Council (Brå) failed to some up with similar statistics. He also contended that Jonasson's take was fundamentally correct.
Ändå fantastiskt att en medborgare kan göra den här sortens undersökningar med hjälp av offentlighetsprincipen.— Ivar Arpi (@Ivarpi) 23 октября 2017 г.
Swedish political scientist Tino Sanandaji, a staunch critic of unfettered migration and the author of "Mass Challenge," argued that there was "nothing crazy" with Jonasson's statistics and called on Brå to abandon its practice of cover-ups.
Despite calling the study "angled," he nevertheless admitted that immigrants made up a disproportionate number in several types of crimes, including sexual assaults. However, Sarnecki stressed that the study focused exclusively on cases that reached court, disregarding the overall situation with rape and sexual abuse in Sweden.
In an interview with Nyheter Idag, Patrik Jonasson openly admitted lacking any academic qualifications, yet argued that this statistical level did not impose any specific requirements. Despite Patrik Jonasson's political colors and his lack of academic merit, he insisted that the data is fully reliable.
"I believe you can fully trust that the data I present in the survey is in line with reality," Jonasson argued, claiming that he "came as close to the truth as he possibly could."
Jerzy Sarnecki previously contended that the number of crimes committed by immigrants was "very small."
As of 2011, a Statistics Sweden study showed that around 27 percent of Sweden's population of 10 million had a full or partial foreign background. Over the last two years alone, however, Sweden has taken in over 200,000 immigrants.