In his Melbourne, Florida speech, President Trump mentioned European countries that have problems resulting from immigration from Islamic countries, including Sweden:
Sweden, who would believe this. Sweden. They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible.
That prompted a response from Swedish authorities, who say that everything is going swimmingly and the many thousands of refugees it has accepted are integrating well. Right. There is a reason why Sweden’s immigration-skeptic party, Sweden Democrats, is currently first or second in polling.
Inconveniently, preliminary crime statistics for 2016 have just come out. First, some context. I posted this chart, showing official Swedish sex crime data, yesterday:
With regard to the just-released 2016 numbers, you have to wade through some spin to get to the facts:
[T]he number of rapes reported in Sweden increased by 13 percent in 2016 to 6,560.
According to Brå’s figures, 10,500 incidents of sexual molestation were reported in the country in 2016 – a striking increase of 20 percent on 2015 (when 8,840 were reported).
The Swedish government’s response to the increased crime attendant upon mass Islamic immigration is along the lines of, Who are you gonna believe, me or your lying eyes? The bottom line is that when it comes to Sweden and immigration, Trump was right.