Much like the immigration problem plaguing Germany, Sweden’s native citizens are suffering from the massive influx of immigrants entering into the country. Sweden’s population is just under 10 million people, yet in 2015 alone the country welcomed in 163,000 immigrants. Even after Sweden bolstered its border security in January, such measures included requiring those entering to have proper forms of identification and paperwork, the nation still faces the problem of mitigating the issues posed by certain immigrants already residing in the country. Due to the massive influx of those coming into Sweden, overcrowded asylum centers became breeding grounds for violence.
On January 26, Alexandra Mezher, a twenty-two year old employee at one of Sweden’s refugee shelters, was stabbed to death by a migrant. To make matters worse, when a nearby shelter sought to host a memorial for the deceased twenty-two year old, superior authorities forbade them from doing so and refused to let them keep the Swedish flag at half mast in her honor so as to not bring emotional injury upon the young migrants living in the shelter. But that’s not all. The day after Mezher’s murder, instead of promising further protections for those citizens working and living near these violent asylum centers, the head of the Swedish police expressed his deep sympathies for the immigrant murder. Such vicious behavior is in fact prevalent at many asylum homes in Sweden: riots broke out at Lindas’ immigrant shelter; and a 10 year old boy was “repeatedly raped” at a shelter in Västerås, after staff members were unable to keep him safe from abuse.
Quiet clearly, Swedish police have completely failed to serve their proper function of providing security to those living and working within these shelters. In the same incident at Västerås, police were called upon to rescue the abused boy, yet they were forced to flee for their lives after the situation escalated to a point in which it could not be contained by their efforts. Police were also called to the scene of the January attack, yet they were unable to thwart the murder of Ms. Mezher. The national police commissioner himself has demanded further resources be given to the police to properly ensure safety and protection, as he realized such areas were no longer manageable with the forces at his disposal. While much of this news goes unreported in the mainstream American media, we must make sure we remain vigilant to Europe’s situation; one day their troubles may be our realities as well.