For some years now, Sweden has stood out in its willingness to accept refugees. The Swedes argue that this should be the norm. But the reality is that they have been more open than most. And, this means that hard line anti-immigrant would love to see Sweden’s policy unravel.
Enter Donald Trump, with his regular blast of hot air. Relying on a Tucker Carlson Fox interview, Trump asserted that Sweden basically is now a war zone. He said
“You look at what’s happening in Germany. You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden — Sweden — who would believe this? Sweden, they took in large numbers, they are having problems like they never thought possible. You look at what’s happening Brussels, you look at what’s happening all over the world,”
The White House tried to walk this back, because there were no events “lost night” in Sweden. Their spin is that Trump refers to the series of violent events that have taken place over time – not a single incident.
So what is going on there? City Hub takes a look at the city that has been at the center of the controversy – Malmö.
… Malmö’s violent crime figures would make the mayor of an average American big city weep with longing. With 12 murders in 2015 among a population of 342,000, Malmö’s murder rate is two thirds that of Western Europe’s real murder capital of Glasgow, and half that of Los Angeles. By contrast, Washington, D.C., has a murder rate almost seven times higher, while the rate in St. Louis, Missouri is just under 17 times higher. In relatively safe Sweden, those 12 murders are still cause for rightful alarm, but as this piece makes clear, Malmö’s crime figures aren’t just low compared to most American cities—they’re not even the highest in Sweden.
So no war zone. Of course, AFTER Trump shot his mouth off, there was a riot in Stockholm. Thanks Donald!