Within a few short years, Sweden has moved from being the pin-up example of liberals and social democrats to being a favourite example of Right-wing nationalists of the dangers of immigration.
So what’s the truth?
I sat down with activist Siavosh Derakhti, a campaigner against antisemitism within his own muslim community in Malmö, the southern Swedish city with by far the largest refugee and immigrant communities, to get a first-hand view. In the interview he
- describes his work against rising antisemitism and holocaust denial among the Middle-Eastern community in Malmö
- describes the difficulties Sweden has had absorbing such high numbers of immigrants (almost 10,000 weekly at its peak, in a country of 9m people), including high numbers of teenage gang members
- says he respects all the parties in Sweden including the Right-wing Swedish Democrats, and that they have already moved the centre
- says that border control is important, and that he supports the recent decision to police the border (against Schengen rules)
- says that people are scared of a Jeremy Corbyn victory as he has a reputation of being ‘antisemitic in his mouth’
- predicts that other countries will follow the UK out of the EU
Have a watch…