Sweden’s leftwing prime minister has conceded that a failure to integrate migrant communities has led to “parallel societies.”
The comments were made following days of major riots over Easter weekend which left around 100 police officers injured.
The riots were sparked after a Swedish politician burned a copy of the Qu’ran – Islam’s most revered religious text – in what he called a “tribute to free speech.”
The result was days of nationwide riots by hundreds of Islamic migrants over Easter, resulting in widespread destruction of property and cars, and at least a dozen members of the general public being injured.
Around 40 rioters were arrested, and Sweden’s national police chief, Anders Thornberg, said he had never seen such violent riots.
This week, in the wake of the violence, Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson spoke about Sweden’s failure to integrate immigrant groups.
“Segregation has gone so far that we have parallel societies in Sweden,” she said.
“We live in the same country, but different realities.”
She continued: “Integration was poor, and alongside, we have experienced intense immigration. Our society was too weak, while money for the police and social services too little.”
Notably, Andersson is the head of the leftwing Social Democratic party, whose charter says its aim is to achieve “Democratic Socialism.” The party has been in power for the past 8 years.
Sweden, once one of the safest countries in Europe, has experienced a significant rise in crime and ghettoisation in recent years, with last year seeing a record high in shootings.
In particular there has been a significant rise in gun homicides in areas such as Stockholm, Malmö and Gothenburg, which are known to have high rates of migrant ghettoisation. Sweden’s gun crime rate is now the second highest in Europe, beaten only by Croatia.
Last year, Bild, which is Germany’s largest newspaper, published an article entitled “Sweden is the most dangerous country in Europe.”
According to Swedish newspaper Nyheter Idag, many Ukrainian refugees are refusing to board buses out of the war-torn country if they are bound for Sweden, because they are afraid of shootings.