Clare Ellis — Council of European Canadians March 23, 2016
The following is a factual breakdown of the costs of Sweden’s program of cultural enrichment and demographic change through large-scale immigration, multiculturalism, and refugee quotas.
Immigration into Sweden
First, keep in mind that the population of Sweden is less than 10 million people. Between 1998 and 2015 net immigration steadily increased from under 11,000 to over 78,000 per year.
In 1960 the number of foreign-born citizens in Sweden was almost 300,000 and today this number has increased 500% to over 1.6 million people or 17.0% of the total population.
In 2014 the amount of residents with a foreign background in Sweden, which includes foreign-born and Swedish-born with two foreign-born parents, amounted to over 2 million people or 21.5% of the population. In 2015 this number had increased to 22.2%. This means that nearly one quarter of Sweden’s population is currently of foreign background. If trends continue, within 15 years foreigners in Sweden will make up nearly 1/3 of the Swedish population.
According to Statistics Sweden:
In 2014…one-fifth of the persons aged 25-64 were born abroad. This percentage is expected to increase to one-fourth in 2020, and close to one-third in 2030. As the years go by, the percentage of foreign born persons of older ages will increase and in 2060, an estimated one-fourth of those who are age 80 and older will have been born abroad.
The majority of foreigners in Sweden come from outside of Europe, specifically Africa and Western Asia. The four top countries of origin for non-EU foreign-born citizens are Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Somalia. Immigrants from Lebanon, Syria, and Afghanistan are also top-sources. All of these countries are Muslim-majority nations.
In 1960 there were only 348 immigrants from Muslim majority countries but fifty years later Muslims made up between 5-10% of the Swedish population or more, amounting between 500,000 and 1+ million people. Today, due to ongoing immigration from the MENA region, as well as illegal migration and the 2015 ‘migrant crisis’ influx of young Muslim males, their numbers are much higher.
Low Employment Levels of Immigrants
The majority of immigrants in Sweden are not economic migrants who have secured a job in Sweden before arrival. Only 14.3% arrive in Sweden as labour market immigrants. Most immigrants (68.4%) enter Sweden as refugees or under family reunification policies.
Most often, refugees and next of kin migrants lack relevant skill sets (such as higher education and language ability) to successfully integrate into the labour market, which is a high-skilled, knowledge and service-driven economy. As such, 48% of working-age immigrants in Sweden do not work and 42% are long-term unemployed.
But lucky for them, Sweden offers generous free housing and social welfare benefits.
The foreign-born population of Sweden uses over two-thirds of government financial assistance. This means that the cost of financially assisting the foreign-born population is ten times more than for real ethnic Swedes. The foreign-born population receives over 950 million CDN$ per year whereas the Swedish-born — 83.5% of the total population — receives around 320 million CDN$ per year.
Over the years, numerous public figures in Sweden have stated that mass-immigration is threatening the welfare system:
- In 2010 Swedish Social Democrat Chairman Henrik Sass Larsen stated that: “We do not want to sacrifice the welfare state in the name of humanism…the welfare state is…a society built on the principles of freedom, equality and solidarity. Mass immigration…will undermine the economic and social foundation of the welfare state.”
- In 2013 Immigration Minister Tobias Billström said immigrants “are coming to households where the only income is support from the municipality. Is that reasonable?”
- In 2015 economic expert Tino Sanandaji explained that open borders can’t be combined with a welfare state: “If you’re offering generous welfare benefits to every citizen, and anyone can come and use these benefits, then a very large number of people will try to do that. And it’s just mathematically impossible for a small country like Sweden to fund those benefits.” Also see this video.
High Levels of Crime
Open border policies are not only crippling the Swedish welfare state, they are also creating unprecedented criminal problems and associated financial costs for Sweden and its people.
Since 1975, when Sweden introduced mass-immigration, there has been a rapid rise in crime. Violent crime has risen 300% and reported rapes have risen 1,472%. First and second generation immigrants are over-represented in both these statistics.
Today, Sweden has the second highest number of reported rapes in the world: there are 53.2 reported rapes per 100,000 people. In less than ten years the number of reported rapes almost tripled, from 2200 in 2003 to over 6000 in 2010. Between 2002 and 2012 reported rapes and gang rapes against children under 15 doubled.
In 2002, 85% of those sentenced to 2 or more years for rape were foreign-born or second generation immigrants. The Crime Prevention Council in Sweden reports that the overwhelming majority of foreign-born rapists are from Muslim majority countries.
Sexual assaults by foreigners in Sweden are increasing every year. Just recently eight sexual attacks against girls and women by ‘foreign men’ in just three weeks in Östersund, a town of 44,000, has led police to warn women not to go out alone at night. County police commissioner, Stephen Jerand, said “The situation is tense. We have never experienced anything like this before. It is almost unreal”.
Government-mandated multicultural polices in Sweden have actively encouraged and funded immigrants to remain distinct peoples and have led to the fracturing of Swedish society. A new law that was implemented in 2010, the content of which was already encouraged for many years, enforces immigrant separatism:
The preservation and development of the cultural and social life of ethnic, linguistic and religious minorities should be promoted.1
Essentially, this view and its enforcement by law has led to the formation of multiple parallel societies or ethnic enclaves made up of first, second, and third generation immigrants with different cultural values and ways of life that often conflict with Swedish norms, society, and the legal system.
Many ethnic enclaves are referred to as “exclusion areas” or no-go zones, parts of Sweden characterised by low levels of employment and high levels of crime, including bomb and hand grenade attacks. The number of these areas grow every year. In 1990 there were three exclusion areas, in 2004 there were 136, and in 2006 there were 186.
In Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, there are over 20 such no-go zones constituting around 75,000 people. Swedish authorities have effectively lost control in these areas — they are persistently attacked by gangs of immigrants when they attempt to provide public aid such as police, fire fighting and ambulance services. Journalists are also being attacked. Businesses are leaving these areas and even bus services have had to be suspended due to the risk of violence.
According to a recent police report, around 55 of these “exclusion areas” function as parallel communities and justice systems governed by Islamic Sharia law and criminal gangs. They are characterised by high unemployment, low education, high levels of crime, and Muslim radicalisation.
Fire and ambulance services require police escorts to enter these areas due to the violence directed against them: ranging from physical assaults, theft, and muggings, to damage to service vehicles and equipment. The Ambulance Union has requested military-grade protection gear to enter these places, such as bullet proof vests and helmets.
Police are also attacked by Muslim gangs, most often rocks are thrown, but sometimes fireworks, Molotov cocktails, and bombs are used. The escalation of violence in these areas, including gun-related crimes, have forced police to use shatter-proof glass on their vehicles and to use back-up; one police unit responding to a complaint requires a second police unit for protection.
There have been a multitude of violent immigrant riots in Sweden that cost millions of dollars in damage and resources. Just some examples of many:
- In 2013 hundreds of Muslim immigrants rampaged through parts of Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo for several days, torching cars and buses, setting fires to buildings — including a police station and schools, smashing windows, vandalising property, and hurling rocks and bottles at police, rescue and fire services.
- In 2015 violent racial unrest between immigrants erupted in Stockholm and Malmo involving bombs, guns, and hand grenade attacks between Turkish and Kurdish and other ethnic minority immigrants.
- Migrants setting cars on fire has also become a tradition that has escalated year by year in Sweden: in 1996 police responded to 219 car fires, in 2006 to 964, and in 2013 to 1372 (one response can mean 10 cars are on fire).
Not only are immigrant enclaves hotbeds of crime and riots, asylum centers in Sweden are too:
- Since 2015 a Swedish National Criminal Investigation report revealed that there had been a huge and rapid surge in asylum crime. More than 5000 incidents of crime at asylum centers were committed within only a period of three months (between October 2015 and the beginning of January 2016), including two bomb threats, 4 rapes, 600 assaults, 450 fights, 194 violent threats, 58 fires, and 9 robberies.
- There have been several riots in Swedish asylum centers. For example, nineteen youth in a Swedish refugee center for unaccompanied children in Lindås rioted, attacked staff with weapons and caused massive damage to their housing and in a refugee center in the town of Ljusne in Sweden, 15 Afghans were involved in a violent brawl that left one man dead and three injured.
The surge in gang-related immigrant crime and riots, the rise of crime by migrants and asylum seekers, asylum center unrest and riots, the threat of Islamic terrorism, Muslim radicalisation, and problems with border controls have stretched police resources, whose capability to deal with these issues is often too little and ineffective. National Police Commissioner Dan Eliasson recently demanded an extra 4100 police officers and civilian employees for the police and a budget increase of between $285 million and $444 million because the “migrant situation means a significantly higher workload for the police”.
Costs of Asylum Seekers
On top of the huge financial costs of the foreign-born population in terms of welfare and crime, asylum seekers are also taxing Sweden’s financial resources.
For several decades Sweden used to accept less than 30,000 refugees a year. In 2014 Sweden received just over 81,000 asylum applications, the majority of which were from the Middle East and North Africa. In 2015, 162,877 people sought asylum in Sweden, which is over double from the year before and over 8 times the amount at the turn of the century.
An IMF report published at the beginning of this year (2016) addressed the economic impact the surge in refugees had for Europe; it provided tentative proposals for the budgetary expenses of the costs of asylum seekers for EU member countries by % of their GDP: for Sweden the asylum budgets will have to increase to around $60 million, which is more than three times the amount in 2014.
In January 2016 the Swedish government announced it would expel between 60,000 and 80,000 migrants who arrived in 2015 and had their asylum applications rejected. Economist Jan Tullberg, who teaches at Stockholm University, estimated how much just one year’s worth of refugees (103,000) will cost Sweden over their lifetime. Processing costs for one year of the accepted refugees will amount to around 2.5 billion CDN$.
As the average time it takes for a new arrival to enter the workforce is about 8 years, if all 103,000 new arrivals did not enter the labour force for 8 years then the cost would amount to almost 21 billion dollars. For one year of open-door policies it will cost almost 96 billion CDN$ over the lifetime for the 2015 new arrivals, which is 14 times more than the cost of Swedish Defence for one year.
What of the costs for those asylum seekers who have had their applications rejected? On top of welfare and housing costs for the asylum seekers waiting for their applications to be accepted, once rejected it will cost around $48,000 to deport one person. This means, for Sweden, that for the 60,000 rejected asylum applications in 2015 it will cost almost 3 billion dollars to deport them.
Prior to 2015 Sweden was accepting around 500-1000 underage and unaccompanied migrants per year. In 2015 Sweden accepted more than 35,000 unaccompanied migrant youth, most of whom were teenagers and came from Afghanistan. They require special housing (24/7 care) and cost between 500-1000 CDN$ per day, with some cases costing over 2,400 CDN$ per day. This means that to take care of the 35,000 migrant youth that arrived as refugees in 2015 it costs Sweden more than 26 million CDN$ per day or more than 9.5 billion CDN$ a year. An overwhelming number of ‘youths’ are actually “frauds”.
No Dissent Allowed
In 2003, when immigration levels were around 29,000/yr, 57% of Swedes thought immigration levels were too high and wanted immigration numbers reduced to more sustainable levels.2 58% of Swedes think the same today. However, all mainstream political parties are for continued large scale immigration and large refugee intakes and since 2003 the Swedish government has increased immigration levels by almost three times more — to around 75,000 per year in addition to the 100,000 accepted refugees in 2015.
If a person publicly questions the mainstream narrative and top-down practice of mass-immigration and refugee intakes that are altering Sweden from the outside in and the multicultural policies that are altering it from the inside out, then they are likely to be called xenophobic, fascist, racist or Nazi. In fact, critics of immigration are being hunted down, exposed on television, and intimidated “in a sort of 21st century televised witch-hunt”. And on January 1st 2015 a new law was enacted that allows for the criminal prosecution of anyone who is critical of immigration.
In effect, out of fear of arrest and out of fear of being intimidated and publically shamed by their hostile elites, dissenting Swedes are being silenced into submission.
 Fredrik Reinfeldt, A Reformed Constitution Presented to Parliament, Government Bill 2009/10: 80, Stockholm, 8 December 2009, p. 9
 Jennifer L. Hochschild and John Mollenkopf, The Complexities of Immigration: Why Western Countries Struggle with Immigration Politics and Policies, Transatlantic Council on Migration: A Project of the Migration Policy Institute, 2008, p. 5