Stockholm: Swedish MP Adam Marttinen has said that the immigrant influx has fuelled organised crime and gang warfare in Sweden and has led to barbarism in Swedish society. Marttinen wrote an article in an online Swedish daily entitled ‘Immigration-Created Barbarism’ and criticised the Swedish government’s refugee policy. A report released by the Swedish authorities a few days ago revealed that the proportion of refugees involved in criminal activities in the country is high.
A few years ago, former Prime Minister of Sweden, Fredrik Reinfeldt, made a sensational statement that ‘savage cruelty’ is a core part of Swedish society and that all other developments are caused by groups coming from outside. Combining the statement with a report on crime in Sweden, Sweden Democrat MP Adam Marttinen has sharply criticised the government’s policies. ‘Wildness has never been a part of Swedish society. But Reinfeldt and his successors laid the groundwork for the savagery of the refugees through uncontrolled influx and the ensuing violence,’ said Marttinen, lashing out at the government’s policy on immigrants.
‘Sweden has been one of the most tolerant countries regarding immigrants, in Europe, for decades. This has always been a concern for the Sweden Democrats. Liberal immigrant policies appear to have had a profound effect on other aspects of Swedish society. The picture was that immigrants would benefit from multiculturalism, investment and other benefits. But in reality, rising unemployment, segregated society, and the culture of criminal gangs have been fuelled by this. There have been 192 incidents of violent crimes across the country in the last eight months, and 26 people have been killed in gang wars.’ Marttinen drew attention to the deteriorating situation in Sweden due to refugees in these words.
The lawmaker claimed that if this grim picture is to change, Sweden’s policy on refugees and crime will be overhauled. He also demanded that the perpetrators be punished more severely, with a complete ban on accepting refugees. Sweden has a population of over ten million, of which more than 25 per cent are citizens of foreign descent. Between 1995 and 2017, an estimated 1.8 million immigrants arrived in Sweden. In 2015 alone, Sweden sheltered more than 160 thousand immigrants.