A Journal of People report
The issue of immigrants is now overwhelming mainstream media and politics in many countries.
Media reports including Swedish public service broadcaster SVT said:
Days after US president Donald Trump suggested Sweden had become a victim of a major terrorist incident for accepting refugees and hours after Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven dismissed Trump’s criticism of Sweden’s refugee policies an immigrant-dominated area of the Swedish capital Stockholm has erupted into riots. It was also reported in media that Swedish embassy asked Trump to explain his remark about Sweden.
The clashes started on February 20 after police arrested a man for drug offences in Rinkeby in a suburb of Stockholm.
Rocks were hurled at police vans, cars were torched and shops were looted.
A police spokesperson told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper that a police officer fired a shot at one of the protesters in exchange but missed his mark. “Nobody has been found injured at the scene and we have checked the hospitals and there hasn’t been anyone with what could be gunshot wounds,” he said.
At least seven cars were set on fire and a photographer for the Dagens Nyheter newspaper was assaulted by about 15 persons.
The area saw similar riots in 2010 and 2013.
At a rally in Melbourne, Florida, on February 18 (Saturday), Trump said he wanted to talk to crowds “without the filter of fake news”. Trump said: “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.” Trump’s rally was attended by thousands of his supporters. One estimate mentions the rally was attended by some 9000 supporters.
Trump referenced a Fox News story a day earlier which described the Rinkeby area as “no-go zones”.
Swedish prime minister dismissed Trump’s criticism of Sweden’s liberal refugee policies. Just after hours, violent street riots broke out in a suburb of Stockholm on February 20.
Carl Bildt, Sweden’s former prime minister, was widely praised after mocking Trump’s remarks, saying, “last year there were approximately 50 percent more murders only in Orlando/Orange in Florida, where Trump spoke the other day, than in all of Sweden. Bad.”
On February 20, Trump tweeted, “Give the public a break – The FAKE NEWS media is trying to say that large scale immigration in Sweden is working out just beautifully. NOT!”
Offended by Trump’s comment, Stefan Löfven mentioned it during a joint press conference with visiting Canadian governor general David Johnston. “Let me put it like this: I was, like many others I believe, surprised by the comments made about Sweden this weekend,” Löfven said, dismissing Trump’s remarks. “Sweden like many other countries, we have opportunities, we have challenges, I believe that goes for every country in the world.” The Prime Minister observed that the nation ranks highly in equality. “Do not forget that in international rankings in issues such as equality, human development, competitiveness, like our guest today from Canada, [we] are doing very well,” he said. “So yes we have opportunities, we have challenges we’re working (on) them every day.
Hours later, several streets in Rinkeby were ablaze, as a riot broke out in a predominantly-migrant area just outside Stockholm shortly after 8 p.m. local time, beginning after police arrested a man for drugs near the Rinkeby metro station.
The rioters, many of whom were masked, threw rocks at police, looted shops, and set cars on fire. The situation became so dire that a police officer fired his weapon, a rarity in the Sweden, although nobody was shot.
A police spokesperson said officer had not fired his weapon as a warning shot, but rather because he was “in a situation that demanded he used his firearm.”
At 10:20 p.m., local time, a second violent riot broke out, and seven to eight vehicles were set on fire. During the unrest, a photographer from the Dagens Nyheter newspaper was assaulted by a mob of approximately 15 persons. “I was hit with a lot of punches and kicks both to my body and my head. I have spent the night in hospital,” he told the newspaper.
In total, three riots were reported throughout the evening, with extensive damage and no arrests.
“Covering up” migrant rape and violent crime in Sweden
A February 20, 2017 datelined report by Oli Smith said:
Officials in the Swedish government have been accused of “covering up” migrant rape and refugee violence for the sake of appearing politically correct.
Journalist Ami Horowitz told Fox News people high up in the Swedish government are deliberately covering up and protecting perpetrators of rapes to protect “vulnerable” migrants.
During a recent interview, Mr Horowitz claimed the refugee violence crisis was out of control but that “European virtues” had put a stop to any discussion on the statistics.
His claims caused Trump to tell a rally in Florida that migration in Europe was out of control.
Sweden accepted 160,000 asylum-seekers last year, with Fox reporting only 500 have managed to gain employment – 0.3 per cent of those who arrived to claim refugee status.
“Sweden considers them a humanitarian superpower, perhaps the only superpower they could possibly qualify for.
“So they want to open up their borders up to everyone and anyone.
“From the onset of the refugee crisis, there was a surge in gun violence and rape – the statistics were clear.
“But locals were just said ‘it was men, not refugees’ so the majority in Sweden still wants to have an open door policy. It’s confounding, really.”
“The Swedish government tries to cover up refugee rapes.
“There were a spate of violent attacks and sexual assaults at a music festival but officials tried to cover up who the perpetrators were.
“The government has gone out of its way to cover up these figures.”
Horowitz warned if Sweden did not change its policy soon, then they will have to prepare for “social unrest and terrorism just like in France and Belgium”.
Opposition politicians have attacked the country’s leaders for siding too often “with the murderers rather than the victims”.
The interview on Fox was framed in a debate on “What the US could learn from Sweden’s refugee policy”.
Is police force pushed to breaching point in Sweden?
A November 2, 2016 report by Lizzie Stromme said:
“The Scandinavian country is facing an existential crisis with on average three police officers handing in their resignations a day.
“If the alarming trend continues, and police officers continue to resign more than 1,000 officers will have quit the service by New Years.
“Since the migrant crisis began last summer, Sweden has been hit by a series of brutal crimes and violent incidents.”
The report said:
“In 2015 alone Sweden, with a population of 9.5million, received over 160,000 asylum applications and the country is expected to take as many as 190,000 refugees, or two per cent of the population, by the end of 2016.”
“The Scandinavian country is facing an existential crisis
“Since the Second World War Sweden has prided itself on helping migrants who cross their borders despite some moves to the political right in recent years.
“But police have now admitted the force has reached breaching point as more than 50 areas in the country have now been placed on a ‘no-go zone’ list.”
The report cited a report from Sweden’s National Criminal Investigation Service that announced there were 52 areas where officers would not cope with the levels of crimes being committed. Sex assaults, drug dealing and children carrying weapons were just some of the incidents mentioned in the report. Swedish officials later added three more areas to the list. The Police Association said they need at least 200 new officers to regain control in the south-east of the country.
Thomas Stjernfeldt, from the region’s police association, told SVT: “We are missing extremely many officers in the operational sector, right now we need 200 more officers to be added to the force to establish a reasonable working environment in the southeast of Götaland.”
Götaland is one of the regions in the country that has been hit hard by the car fire attacks, which have been occurring throughout Sweden.
The riot sparks on-line debate
Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet traced the rise of the ‘no-go’ tag to the publication of a Swedish police report.
In the wake of Monday’s disturbances, a Swedish journalist prompted an in-depth online debate about the use and accuracy of the term.
Following the riot in Stockholm, Ivar Arpi, a writer for Svenska Dagbladet, posed the ‘no-go zone’ question on Twitter:
Translation: “What do you think of the concept? What is missing, what catches?”
Swedish police have denied that there are ‘no-go zones’ in the country, reports Sverige Radio. But the term has provoked an outpouring of opinion online. “It is seriously misleading because it really means something else,” said Swedish journalist Daniel Wiklander.
Twitter users questioned whether the term correctly described areas in Sweden or if its use should be restricted to commentary about war zones. Others asked if the phrase was being misused to target and marginalize poorer urban areas.
Following are a few of the comments:
“I understand the concept [as] the police don’t go in there. Such areas are not as well known in Sweden.”
“I think that semantics are important, as Sweden’s situation is discussed in international media and [they] like to use def no-go zones. In the United States no go zones mean a place where police don’t go without a very large [group]”
“‘No-go’ signals war zone and is perhaps too strong”
“In my view, [a no-go area] a neighborhood where law enforcement and health care cannot move freely without threats and residents take the law into their own hands.”
“Worth [looking] up what sort of neighborhoods get the stamp in terms of social class, crime, life of the inhabitants, etc.”
The discussion on “no go” terminology came as Swedish opposition politician Annie Loof attacked government cuts and called for “more police & new legislation” for poorer areas. “Insecurity in these areas must be taken seriously now,” said Loof.
Defrauding Germany’s Welfare System
Another media report said:
More than 150 asylum seekers in the city of Braunschweig, Germany, were found to have claimed welfare benefits by fraudulent means.
In February, it was revealed that a 25-year-old Sudanese immigrant in Braunschweig had defrauded the German welfare system by using seven different identities to claim more than 21,700 euros ($23,050) in welfare payments in different German cities.
In Lower Saxony, 487 cases were identified in which immigrants defrauded the welfare system, at a cost to the state of 945,100 euros ($1,003,900).
No figures exist for Germany’s most populous state, Nordrhein-Westfalen, or Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein. This is because cases of social welfare fraud committed by asylum seekers are not counted separately.
Most asylum fraud was carried out before summer 2016, when German states began collecting and sharing biometric data making it impossible for asylum seekers to create multiple identities.
Search asylum seekers phones
Germany’s ministry of interior revealed plans to allow Germany’s Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) to search the phones of asylum seekers in order to make sure of their true identity. Germany is trying to speed up deportations of 213,000 people whose right to stay has been denied.
Around two-thirds of asylum seekers arrive in Germany without identification papers, and BAMF wants to ascertain their identity more quickly in order to facilitate faster deportation.
Until now, the BMAF could only search asylum seekers’ mobile phone with their consent, or following a court order.
The mobiles, authorities say, could swiftly clear up the backlog by pinpointing the real nationalities of the suspect migrants. Without a true identity, they cannot be deported.
The software will also be deployed to try to trace refugees who have vanished off the radar and may be “sleepers” of the Islamic State.
Recently it was revealed that in the state of Brandenburg alone more than 3,000 migrants have disappeared and are unaccounted for.
Tapping into mobile phone data will lead to friends, acquaintances, relatives in the true homeland of refugees.
Authorities also believe it will be instrumental in cracking down on massive monetary fraud committed by some migrants using multiple identities in many different towns to draw benefits.
Other media reports from Germany said:
The country has been hit by more swimming pool sex attacks, and school girls are among the victims.
Migrant families are proof the asylum system is broken.
Majority in Germany now support deporting failed asylum seekers from Germany.
Hundreds of migrants storm Spanish border fence
Hundreds of migrants have stormed a border fence forcing their way into a Spanish enclave just days after another mass break in.
Around 500 migrants managed to clamber over a barricade separating Morocco and Ceuta, an autonomous Spanish city on the northern coast of Africa. They made a break for the fence. Nearly a dozen people were injured in the stampede.
The sub-Saharan African migrants crossed the fenced border on Friday.
Standing a staggering 20 feet high, the five-mile long fence is topped with razor sharp barbed wire, often cutting migrants as they desperately try and cross it.
The alarms along the border are often triggered by adverse weather, making it hard to monitor and providing cover for those wishing to sneak across.
There are already 1,400 migrants being housed at the centre which is critically over capacity, it only begin designed to accommodate 512 people.
The breach comes just days after nearly 500 migrants stormed the fence on Friday
Ceuta and another Spanish enclave on the African coast Melilla are the EU’s only land border with Africa. They are flash points for migrants trying to find a way into the EU.
Migrants at war in Paris
A January 28, 2017 (updated on January 31, 2017) datelined report (“Migrants at WAR: Tensions in Paris as children attacked with knives for being ‘too rich’”) by Oli Smith said:
“Gangs of North African youths have terrified Chinese migrants amid complaints they have become ‘too rich’.
“The streets of Paris have erupted into inter-migrant strife as North African youths have targeted ‘rich’ Chinese migrants amid growing tensions.
“Police in France recorded more than 200 attacks on Chinese immigrants last year, mostly from hostile migrant gangs.
“This comes amid a growing perception that recent migrants from North Africa have become ‘too demanding’ and consider themselves ‘victims’ who deserve pity.
“Contrary to this, the long-standing Chinese community in Paris has gained a reputation for being ‘hard-working and managing without taxpayer help’.
“In a report from German channel DW, a Chinese migrant named Woo described how a gang of North African youths attacked him in his home last November.
“He said that the youths threatened him and his wife with a knife and smashed his head, after which broke in and stole his valuables.
“He added: ‘I am scared. I don’t feel safe anymore.’
The report said:
“Yvon Sun, who works as a liaison for the Chinese community in Paris, echoed these remarks and said among a rise of recent assaults, a gang of African migrants had robbed a pair of young children under 10 years old and threatened them with a knife.
“In August last year, a Chinese man was killed in the Paris suburb of Aubervilliers after being attacked during a botched robbery.
“While the crime rate grows, local migrants from North Africa have been unafraid to voice their prejudices.
“One told the program: ‘That’s the way it is. I don’t like the Chinese.’
“Another added: ‘The Chinese have become too rich in France. That’s not fair. They have nice clothes and big cars.’”
The report added:
“Despite this visible hostility, police have largely refused to intervene while locals have complained that security services rarely investigate many of the crimes.
“Guylain Chevrier, a French sociologist, said the pattern quickly emerged following the refugee wave last year.
“He said: ‘The Chinese community is thought to be a community where things go well, where people manage on their own.
‘This is compared to other immigrants who are much more demanding and consider themselves as victims.’
“Mr Chevrier added that authorities often took an extremely ‘passive attitude’ toward anything going on within ‘Muslim communities’.