The Stockholm Immigration Syndrome: An analytical look at Swedish immigration policy Pelle Neroth Taylor

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The Stockholm Immigration Syndrome: An analytical look at Swedish immigration policy by Pelle Neroth Taylor
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Sweden is the number one per capita immigration destination in Europe. Hundred and twenty thousand residence permits were handed out in 2014. Beggars are a regular feature of the street scene in even small towns, so is the sight of refugees fromMoreSweden is the number one per capita immigration destination in Europe. Hundred and twenty thousand residence permits were handed out in 2014. Beggars are a regular feature of the street scene in even small towns, so is the sight of refugees from Somalia and Eritrea loitering aimlessly.

The numbers are large for Swedens relatively small population, one percent a year. That is twenty percent in two decades, maybe more, since these permanent arrivals will bring family and relatives, who in turn will bring relatives and family. Research has found the burden is a large one, displacing vulnerable natives - like old people - in an already shrinking welfare state.One UN Human Development Report research paper predicts Sweden will, in 2030, be 35th on a list of 45 OECD countries in terms of human development, below Bulgaria, Libya and Argentina.

Critics say this is a rogue result. But it should nevertheless set off alarm bells.The phenomenon that Sweden is experiencing, mass immigration from the Third World, can be good for a country – sometimes. Hard working Indian software programmers can indeed be a boost to almost any host society. But most of the incomers Sweden is getting are predominantly people from cultures at war, such Afghanistan and Somalia, from countries not known for their high levels of social capital.

Only one in five Somali immigrants is in employment, a Swedish government report reveals. The immigration is self imposed: ninety percent of the arrivals claim asylum in a special humanitarian category invented by the Swedes. Very few are UN quota refugees whom Sweden is obliged to take. Sweden rejects allegations that it is abetting people smugglers and refugee flights across the Mediterranean Sea by offering itself as Europes open haven. The Italian navy, which actually carries the burden of saving lives, may beg to disagree.Maybe these latest arrivals, too, will one day boost the economy.

But, at the moment, Sweden does not need immigrants to feed its prosperity, which is considerable, So why is Sweden going full steam ahead with mass immigration that will turn native Swedes into a minority in their own country in three decades if the influx continues at this rate? What is the ruling ideology that has taken over the countrys media and ruling classes that make it hard, politically, even to question these changes, the burdens on the economy and the costs on housing, public services and social and cultural cohesion, in a way that is extreme by European standards?And how is it being played out in Swedish politics?

This book explores the origins of modern multiculturalism in the American victory in the Cold War and Swedens guilt over not having particpated in world war two. The book also examines some of the arguments against immigration presented by liberal scholars such as Paul Collier and Craig Calhoun, who argue that declining social trust in a multicultural society can hamper its functioning and reduce prosperity and well being.

Will Swedens ingredient X, its discipline and social homogeneity, disappear in the new Sweden being formed by the politicians decisions?Immigration is the most important question in Sweden today. Views are extremely polarised and the New York Times calls the medias persecution of those opposed to immigration a blow to Swedens reputation for liberal tolerance. People are thrown out of jobs, their trade unions, or even petty things like denied the right to buy from mail order catalogues if their sympathies for the single party openly opposed to immigration become known.This book is an absolutely essential read for anyone interested in the main faultline of Swedish political and intellectual life in 2015.



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