The Swedish Embassy in Washington, D.C. just gave President Trump a snarky offer to educate his administration on Swedish immigration policies.
Trump said at a campaign-style rally in Melbourne on Saturday “When you look at what’s happening in Germany, when you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden — Sweden! Who would believe this? Sweden! They took in large numbers, they’re having problems like they never thought possible.”
Sweden has not been the victim of a terror attack since 2010. Swedish government officials said nothing fitting Trump’s ominous description had happened “last night in Sweden.”
Trump later said he’d gotten his information from Fox News.
My statement as to what’s happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden.
The segment in question was from “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” in which documentary filmmaker Ami Horowitz makes a connection between Sweden’s open door refugee policy and rising crime rates. Trump had cited the segment in an effort to defend his now-suspended Muslim Immigration Ban.
The Embassy of Sweden tweeted back at Trump, dryly suggesting that the president is ignorant about the realities of Sweden’s policies.
We look forward to informing the US administration about Swedish immigration and integration policies. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/833435244451753984 …
Official statistics show that crime rates in Sweden have fallen since 2005, even after taking in hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria, Iraq, and other war-torn countries.
“What we’re hearing is a very, very extreme exaggeration based on a few isolated events, and the claim that it’s related to immigration is more or less not true at all,” says Jerzy Sarnecki, a criminologist at Stockholm University specializing in the study of criminality, ethnicity and age.