A recent article published by Council of European Canadians’ Clare Ellis has analyzed Sweden’s past several decades of increasing mass immigration, and has found several specific negative consequences of the large-scale population change due to language, education, culture, and other differences.
Since 1998, Ellis wrote, Sweden took 11,000 immigrants per year into its 10 million population, and it now takes 78,000 and has a minority population of between 17 and 22 percent — or nearly one-quarter of the national population. This is expected to reach one-third within 15 years at current immigration levels.
Most of Sweden’s immigrants are Muslim refugees or family members from the Middle East and North Africa.
Of working age immigrants in Sweden, 48 percent do not work and 42 percent are long-term unemployed.
Due to Sweden’s’ social welfare provisions, foreign born Swedes now use two-thirds of government financial assistance. The cost of assisting them is therefore roughly 10 times the cost of ethnic Swedes.
In Malmo, for example, foreign-born account for more than 50 percent of the population and more than 75 percent of these receive social welfare benefits, according to Ellis.
Crime has also risen in past decades. Violent crime is up 300 percent in the last 40 years and reported rapes are up 1,472 percent, including rises in gang rapes, statistics relevant, Ellis wrote, because first and second generation immigrants are over-represented in these particular statistics. Of those sentenced to sentences of two or more years for rape in 2002, 85 percent were first or second generation immigrants.
Ethnic enclaves have risen in Sweden where high immigration populations are concentrated. They are referred to in Sweden as “exclusion areas” and they rose from three in 1990 to 186 in 2006. Ellis wrote that police and journalists are not able to do their jobs fully in these areas, in addition to being no-go zones of various levels for ethnic Swedes.
Despite the majority of Swedes now thinking the immigration levels are too high, all of the countries main political parties are in favor of more mass immigration and the number of immigrants last year was 75,000 plus 100,000 refugees.