Week in Review
According to the American left all of America’s problems come from a disparity in incomes. Which a progressive government tries to fix with a progressive tax code to redistribute wealth. To make up for that income disparity. So unskilled people have nice things just like highly skilled workers who can demand a high income. But the Republicans are mean. And try to stop the left from making the country a better place. Something a little more like, say, Sweden (see Swedish police try to restore order in Stockholm after week of rioting by Anthony Lane in Stockholm and agencies posted 5/24/2013 on the guardian).
The riots have served as a sharp reminder that despite regular praise for its ‘Nordic model’ of progressive politics, relatively low unemployment and a generous social safety net, Sweden is not immune to the tension that festers in deprived communities…
Although the smashed windows of shops, two schools and the local library had yet to be replaced, locals of the 12,000-strong neighbourhood, which has an 80% immigrant population, said there had been no problems since 20 members of the local Islamic centre went around Husby to talk to the youths involved in the original disturbances.
“They told them that it had to stop and that they were scaring people,” said Abdul, a nurse in the local hospital after Friday prayers at the mosque.
“At the moment it’s very hard to get jobs – not just here but for everyone in Sweden,” said the Moroccan immigrant who had lived in Husby for 11 years. Having registered growth of 6.1% and 3.9% in 2010 and 2011 respectively, the Swedish economy slowed to just 0.8% last year, largely as a result of faltering exports to the eurozone. Residents born outside Sweden represent 15% of the country’s 9.5 million population, but account for 35% of those registered as unemployed…
Sweden’s relaxed immigration policy and generous asylum system has resulted in exceptionally high immigration levels over the last decade. In 2012, 82,000 non-Swedes migrated to the country – 44,000 of them were asylum-seekers. The country’s migration board expects to receive 54,000 asylum seekers in 2013, including around 20,000 Somalis.
Interesting. Sweden was the perfect model of a progressive utopia. Now the place is burning in riots. What happened? What changed? Well, the biggest change appears to be “exceptionally high immigration levels over the last decade.” Who although they make up only 15% of the country account for 35% of the unemployed. Interesting.
If this was America the go-to response would be it’s because of racist employers who don’t want to hire immigrants. Preferring to hire those illegally in the country so they can overwork and underpay them. But this is Sweden. So you can’t use the go-to response. Because Sweden isn’t full of bigoted homophobes. America has those. And they’re called conservatives. According to those on the left. So what’s going on in Sweden?
It would appear a large percentage of those immigrants aren’t doctors, engineers, chemists, etc. Instead they are largely uneducated young people with few appreciable job skills. And can only perform menial labor. Which doesn’t exactly thrill them. And a lot of them have come from primarily Muslim countries. Which tend to be male-centric. Further angering them that they may only qualify for a job they feel someone beneath them should be doing. Making them less eager to assimilate. Preferring the company and the traditions of the country they fled. And when they can’t even get those menial jobs you get mobs of angry young unemployed men roaming the streets. Which rarely ends well.
The Americans should study closely what’s happening in Sweden before throwing open their borders. Because it can happen here. And already has. The Boston Marathon bombers, for example, got to the U.S. as asylum seekers. And let’s not forget how France burned in 2005. Which was pretty much the same thing that just happened in Sweden. The root of both of these riots was excessive immigration of low-skilled workers who suffered high unemployment in a jobless economy. And a lack of assimilation. Put these together and you get what happened in France in 2005. And what happened in Sweden in 2013. And what will happen in countries wherever they have large populations of low-skilled immigrants who feel alienated and don’t wish to assimilate. Or can’t because they can’t find a job in a jobless economy.