18:56 GMT +318 July 2019
Listen Live
    Foreign Countries: Sweden

    Sweden Strikes Back at Trump's Claims of Links Between Immigration, Crime

    © Sputnik / Alexei Filippov
    Europe
    Get short URL
    7516

    The Swedish Foreign Ministry posted an article on Friday debunking common misconceptions on crime, terrorism and immigration in Sweden.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the ministry, Sweden's economy is strong despite the high costs of immigration, the country's first and only Islamist terrorist attack occurred in 2010, but nobody was hurt except the attacker, and Muslims will not "soon be in the majority in Sweden."

    The ministry also cited studies showing that "people from foreign backgrounds are 2.5 times more likely to be suspected of crimes than people born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents," and that "the main difference in terms of criminal activity between immigrants and others in the population was due to differences in the socioeconomic conditions in which they grew up in Sweden."

    This explanation came almost a week after US President Donald Trump referred in a speech to Sweden experiencing problems after having admitted a large number of immigrants.

    Interestingly, after Trump's controversial statement, migrant riots broke out in Sweden. The following day, after Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven notoriously dismissed Trump's scathing remarks, arguing Sweden was doing well in terms of equality and human development, looting, violence and arsons broke out in Rinkeby.

    Related:

    Number of Crimes Committed by Refugees in Sweden 'Very Small'
    Russia, Sweden Agree It is Important to Intensify Fight Against Terrorism
    Sweden Supports EU Policies Toward Russia Over Ukraine Crisis - Foreign Minister
    Tags:
    immigrants, Donald Trump, Sweden, United States
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik