by Oliver Lane
The Swedish Prime Minister has announced an “urgent” migrant crisis
review dealing with the unprecedented rise of asylum applications.
Rather than looking to reduce their number, he is instead calling for
changes to make life more comfortable for migrants when they arrive.
The move sets in stone Sweden’s radically different approach to mass
migration to it’s two northern neighbours Finland and Norway, which are
in the process of tightening border controls, and southern neighbour
Denmark which is taking significant steps to cut benefits. While
Sweden’s resources are stretched and struggling to cope with the volume
of humans flowing into the nation, the policy appears to be to welcome
yet more people – and pay for it, no matter the cost.
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven said this morning, while visiting the
United Nations in New York: “We have seen a dramatic increase in the
number of refugees seeking asylum. That’s why I have told Migration
Minister Morgan Johansson to urgently review what steps need to be
taken… People need to get roofs over their heads and the children have
to start school”.
TheLocal.se reports Löfven will ask Swedish governmental bodies such as the Swedish Migration Agency,
the Civil Contingencies Agency, and local authorities to work together
to ensure newcomers get access to free housing, healthcare, education,
and other benefits even quicker after their arrival. The government has
already deployed migration agency officers to major points of ingress,
such as Stockholm and Malmo railway stations to help arrivals get their
asylum paperwork done as soon as they step off the train.
The Swedish state has had the power since 1992 to seize the homes of
Swedish citizens in times of national emergency, raising the prospect
that holiday homes could be forcibly given by the state to new arrivals,
as outlined in a Gatestone Institute report today. A columnist for the Swedish Express newspaper has already urged Swedes to “make way” and “hand over the keys to their apartments to those in greater need”.
The decision to welcome yet more migrants to the country flies in the
face of the experiences of the people on the ground working to
implement the Swedish government’s policy. Speaking to Breitbart London last week,
recently retired Malmo police Chief Superintendent Torsten Elofsson
said migration to Sweden had changed both the nature and frequency of
crime in his city of Malmo, the national border town with continental
Remarking that “now we have the bridge from Copenhagen, this is a
border town. Most of the drugs going to the rest of Scandinavia comes
through here – this is a key route for smuggling drugs, weapons, people,
and so on”, Elofsson said confiscating illegal guns from criminals was
now a daily occurrence in the once peaceful nations.