A major migration crisis has been ongoing in European countries in the course of the last few years, with many of them struggling to cope with the growing influx of migrants.
Danish Defence Minister Trine Bramsen had no qualms about the Danish mission disobeying an order to push back a boat full of migrants, adding that they “solved the task based on the mandate they were given”.
“Don't come to us. Sweden is full. We can't give you more money or provide any housing. Sorry for this message. The people of Sweden, Sweden Democrats”, the flyers said.
As the Scandinavian nation braces itself for a repetition of the 2015 migrant crisis, its political establishment is deeply divided on how to proceed.
In his passionate speech, Sweden Democrats leader Jimmie Åkesson called for a radical policy shift in order to save Sweden from mass immigration, which he claims has “broken” the nation.
According to Leif Östling, former CEO of one of the world's leading truck manufacturers, immigration has spiralled out of control and has placed Sweden on the brink of “internal wars”, where military force may be needed to quell unrest in migrant areas.
According to recent statistics, 94 percent of immigrants who've arrived in Sweden since the migrant crisis of 2015, rely on state benefits.
As the number of foreign-born inhabitants edges towards two million, Swedes' once-positive attitude to immigration is shifting.
So far, the phenomenon of “apathetic” refugee children has been documented almost exclusively in Sweden. There, hundreds of children with so-called “resignation syndrome” were broadly used as an argument for a more lenient asylum policy.
The so-called Sandviken report published in 2014 by Sweden's largest daily Dagens Nyheter promised the rural Swedish municipality a mind-boggling half a billion kronor in immigration-related gains. Today, the municipality is mired in debt.
In order to stop the steam of illegal migrants, the former Danish government was ready to go to great lengths. Not only did it have blueprints ready for a major border wall, but even secretly procured the materials.
According to right-wing Progress Party, this indicates that integration doesn't occur automatically, and that Norway must “make more demands” to solve this problem.
Meanwhile, the idea of repatriating migrants once their counties have become more peaceful is catching fire across Sweden.
Previous studies have indicated researchers' penchant for lesser left-wing parties at the expense of the right-wing parties, suggesting a left-wing slant in research on immigration issues.
Otherwise, Uffe Østergaard argued, a rift between Eastern, Western and Southern Europe in handling immigration is inevitable.
The influx of fake Moroccan “minors”, many of whom are in fact adults, has previously been associated with homelessness, drugs and crime.
According to the Danish newspaper BT, a Somali is 3.6 times more likely to commit violent crime compared with a Danish man of the same age and income.
At present, the number of illegal migrants defying Finnish rejections to their asylum application and even deportation rulings is estimated to hover at several thousand.
According to the Danish People's Party, Denmark's largest on the right wing, a five-year full asylum stop until 2025 will reduce the influx by 4,000 migrants annually, while saving the state's coffers up to $300 million.
While the financial burden of immigration has somewhat subsided compared to the peak year of 2015, immigrants still costs Denmark a whopping $4.5 billion annually.
Sweden embraced immigration and is undergoing a rapid change in the demographics of its population; now Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has threatened to sanction others who don't share the same attitude.