Sweden, Nation of Open Arms, Debates Implications of Immigration

If you’ve been tuned in to Global Geopolitics for a while, you’ll find this whitewashed and played-down article a bit laughable, if not insulting for its attempt to hide facts and/or discredit those who are experiencing the negative effects.

The Rosengard district of Malmo, which has a large number of people with foreign backgrounds. Credit Gordon Welters for The New York Times

MALMO, Sweden — It has been only three years since she came to Sweden from Syria, but Hiba Abou Alhassane already says “we” when speaking about her new home country.

“Did we, I mean did Sweden, take too many refugees? Should we close the border?” she pondered this week after President Trump’s remarks that Sweden’s immigration policies had failed. “It already happened. People aren’t coming anymore.”

In many ways, Ms. Alhassane is a perfect example of Sweden’s long-held belief in the rightness of sheltering and helping to support migrants and refugees. She has worked hard to integrate. Already nearly fluent in Swedish, she teaches at two local primary schools.

But recently Swedes also find themselves questioning the wisdom of their generosity to outsiders in need, and its potential limits, leading to the country’s harshest debate ever over immigration. Continue reading

Polish Ex-Presidential Candidate: Most Refugees are Men ‘Healthy as Bulls’

And fit for military service as well. Time will tell if a trojan horse has entered Europe.

 

Kukiz, leader of the newly created Kukiz’s Movement political party, exploded onto Poland’s political scene in May, during presidential elections where the rocker won 21 percent of the vote with a populist, anti-establishment campaign that boxed many of the country’s traditional parties into the low single digits, and even gave Poland’s two main conservative parties a run for their money.

In an interview with Polish news channel TVN24 on Monday, Kukiz suggested that Europe’s immigration policy is broken, and that “if we continue to conduct such a policy toward refugees, more and more children will wash up on the beach.” Continue reading