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    Women pass by a life vest and a placard reading Borders kill hanging on a tree in Stockholm as part of an action by Swedish branch of humanitarian NGO Doctors without borders, in solidarity with migrants seeking asylum in Europe after fleeing their home countries on September 14, 2015

    About-Face: Swedes Begin to Lose Faith in Multiculturalism

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    Contrary to their public image of tolerance and equality (as well as their government's multicultural ambitions), Swedes seem to have had enough of ongoing immigration. In particular, a recent study has revealed that Swedish women are losing their faith in the widely-advertised multicultural society.

    Two years ago, 74 percent of Swedes proudly admitted they were in favor of more diversity in their society. This year, the percentage of yay-sayers dropped to 64 percent, its lowest level in the ten years the so-called "diversity surveys" have been conducted. Meanwhile, the proportion of foreign-born nationals rose to 17 percent in Sweden in 2015 and is expected to climb further.

    According to this year's "Diversity Barometer," a poll conducted by the University of Gävle, nine out of ten respondents were convinced that it was the immigrants' duty to adapt to Swedish customs and traditions, and every other Swede thought that immigration threatened "Swedish values." In particular, immigrant men were regarded as a threat to Sweden.

    Remarkably, 64 percent of all respondents agreed that criminal immigrants "should be forced to leave the country." Furthermore, only 55 percent of respondents agreed that immigrants who come to Sweden should automatically gain access to Swedish welfare on the same conditions that Swedes do.

    According to Sociology Professor Fereshteh Ahmadi and Associate Professor Irving Palm, the men behind the report, the souring of attitudes towards diversity was particularly evident among women and middle-aged respondents. According to Ahmadi and Palm, this is particularly worrying, since women overall tend to be more supportive of diversity than men. In particular, Swedish women proved to have a tougher stance than men with regards immigrants who committed crimes in Sweden.

    "These are dark figures. In Sweden, human rights and obligations have always been important pillars to support the community. These figures reflect a change in our values. It is not just about xenophobia as such, but about a spread of this ideology," Fereshteh Ahmadi told Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet, citing the Swedish media's "exaggerated" and "biased" reporting of rapes at summer festivals and social problems in troubled suburbs.

    Another remarkable detail, unveiled by this year's "Diversity Barometer" is that opposition towards immigrants from the Middle East and Africa, which constitute the majority of last year's "bumper crop" of 163,000 asylum-seekers, is the highest.

    Only five percent accepted Arabs and Africans as "identical or very similar" to Swedes, whereas nine out of ten said they did not want such immigrants as neighbors. Many specified that they would move out if too many immigrants from the Middle East or Africa moved into the apartment building they lived in. Predictably, Swedes' Nordic brethren, the Norwegians and Danes, were esteemed as the most welcome neighbors.

    "We believe that the change of the political climate regarding immigration in general, and the new arrivals, in particular, may have influenced the Swedes' perception of diversity. We are witnessing this development in many parts of the Western world, with extreme right-wing and even racist trends emerging," a worried Fereshteh Ahmadi told Swedish science magazine Forskning.

    In recent decades, Sweden has, with unrelenting fervor, pursued two seemingly contradictory goals — feminism and diversity. This task has proved increasingly difficult to maintain, as Sweden's "open doors" policy attracted a large number of representatives from patriarchal Islamic societies in the Middle East, for whom feminism just does not come naturally. Earlier this year, even the Swedish Green Party, one the country's most ardent proponents of multiculturalism and equality alike, had to admit that something had gone wrong.

    "We have found it difficult to deal with cultural clashes of a certain kind; we have found it difficult to handle the combination of diversity and feminism," Green Party spokesman Gustaf Fridolin admitted, as quoted by the Swedish news outlet KIT.

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      Great, you do good deeds you received rewards, but you do evi.l things instead of god blessed you, god blasted you with multifaces. Now that cancer cells are plainted in the society, the nation will died slowly.
    • Zoanthropy
      the crime level in Sweden before multiculturalism ?
      the crime level in Sweden after years of multiculturalism ?
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      drblack, Yes. The word is actually a euphemism for making western cultures extinct. It's cultural replacement.
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      A common habit is to blame George Soros, Murdoch Rupert and a certain culture for multi-culturalism. In reality, multi-culturalism has been brought to us by no one other than women. Multi-culturalism, political correctness, mockery of the White male, placement of women's issues above national security and other left wing phenomena that are ruining Western civilization are the products of feministic women whose first premise is that they are oppressed by men thanks to a mystical force called patriarchy. (The oppression they feel comes from living in our industrial and technological world which has been overwhelmingly constructed by the White male without whom everybody would be living in mud huts). So over the last 20 or 30 years, feministic women have organized and attained key positions of power and have been working hard to replace Western society with Marxism. The reason why women are not blamed for this is because it is "anti-social" to criticise women according to a thought pattern all men have since the caves. So a valve in the brain sets off blocking that idea and instead someone else gets blamed. Someone may point out Barbara Spectre (look her up if you don't know her) and use that to suggest that it's a plot. Right, but look at everyone else in the room. Get it now?
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      Multi multiculturalism and diversity,,,,Jewish words!
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      Eudoxiain reply toLuibov777(Show commentHide comment)
      Luibov777, You sound psychopathic. Sorry but women are not behind this at all - you seem to miss the fact that it's women being raped accross Europe not George Soros or Rupert Murdoch although they should be. Yes Hillary is a c*^** on steriods but she is part of the problem not ALL WOMEN.
    • Adrienne Adonis
      Let's face it the swedes F ...... Up. The bottom line is this. You can't force people to integrate with each other and expect to get along ! Based on the polls Most Swedish people want nothing to do with migrants coming into their country and the migrants don't care about the Swedish way of life and their culture as well the migrants are there for free govt services and will not respect the Swedish way of life. It's obvious the rape epidemic and hatred and disrespect the migrant men show towards the Swedish women. The liberal fools will never admit they screwed up. I would like to see how many of the Swedish leaders live next door to migrants ? I guarantee you they live in Swedish communities that are migrant free. That tells me the Swedish leaders are hypocrites. They force migrants on the middle class who don't want them yet they live migrant free in their own personal lives. I guarantee you that their children are in a private school setting as well free of migrants........
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      I find it harder and harder to like anyone from Scandinavia especially from Sweden, of course individual test are held differently. Yes I have been to Scandinavia..it was fun..those were the old days..These days this Scandinavians have turned into politically correct robots (unless they are drunk of course) Now I have to put up with them in Thailand when I spend my two months of the year...The women are obnoxious, fat, tattooed & pierced on average.. Sometimes I think they are even worse than Germans?...Like Swedish males, German men seem gentle, well mannered. The women on the other hand are painful, awful ball busters who seem to terrorize the girlie boy partners. As a Latin male I feel embarrassed for the way they are treated.
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