Bad news for Sweden as the social model slowly unravels…

One of the big challenges for all the Scandinavian countries (or at least those without oil reserves to fall back on) has been how to cope with waves of immigration. It’s particularly challenging for what has been remarkable homogenous societies like Sweden. Now it seems a politically unwatched pot is boiling over. Really, not good.

After decades of practising the Swedish model of generous welfare benefits, Stockholm has reduced the role of the state since the 1990s, spurring the fastest growth in inequality of any advanced OECD economy.

While average living standards are still among the highest in Europe, successive governments have failed to substantially reduce long-term youth unemployment and poverty, which have affected immigrant communities worst.

Around 15% of the population is foreign-born, and unemployment among these stands at 16%, compared with 6% for native Swedes, according to OECD data.

Youth unemployment in Husby, at 6%, is twice the overall average across the capital.

The left-leaning tabloid Aftonbladet said the riots represented a “gigantic failure” of government policies, which had underpinned the rise of ghettos in the suburbs.

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  • sonofstrongbow

    The historical model of immigration shows the bulk of immigrants are drawn from the most disadvantaged social groups. It takes several generations for those new citizens to begin to move up the social scale.

    The speed with which immigrants move out of relative poverty is impacted by how quickly their presence becomes normalised and how quickly they themselves integrate with the norms of the society they have moved into.

    Integration will have both positive and negative effects on both the host society and its newest citizens.

    In the West this process has been, in my humble opinion, poorly served by the rise of what has become known as ‘multi-culturism’. Rather than support positive integration of immigrants into society multi-culturism with its acute PC sensibilities has facilitated the growth of perpetual ghettos where the inhabitants live lives with little reference to the wider societies within which they are located.

    Immigrants are left isolated and unable to fully access social and employment opportunities because in the, generally, liberal West societies have become overly sensitive to charges of alleged disrespect to the birth culture of new citizens.

    In the welfare societies of the West social support spending can be disproportionately focused on disadvantaged homogenous immigrant communities and reductions in such spending can be propagandised as racist. This propaganda can itself further isolate immigrant communities.

    In Sweden, that most liberal of liberal democracies, this pattern is emerging. I’m sure the Swedes are both shocked and dismayed at this turn of events. I can imagine they are asking how good guys like themselves are now in the same boat as those terrible English, French etc.

  • Mick Fealty

    Talking to a bunch of teachers in an inner city school in Copenhagen in the early 90s, the Danes were in no doubt the UK was further down the line than they were at embracing diversity…

    But it is the rebalancing of the social system by centre right/libertarian parties over time that’s changed the Swedish social model… This has been brewing for a long time…

  • Total nonsense. The Swedish model is adapting: this analysis is a mere projective observation.

  • “rebalancing of the social system”


    So it was out of kilter was it? the most successful western nation needed ‘rebalancing’ like the average man needs a hole in their head.

    By the way Mick, the UK has never ’embraced diversity…’ Most of such talk was hot air from ruling elites as cover for their own racism and class prejudice, Tell me which of the British institutions have a leadership which are ‘diverse” Parliament, police, British military, monarchy, City of London, BBC, MSM, Even the bloody fire service is not!

    As to the British government it is about as diverse as…, let me see, the pupils at Eton school, upper middle class to the core.

    The very essence of the UK makes a mockery of the word diversity.

    Still we cant complain as like paying tax, diversity is only for us little people.

  • Harry Flashman

    Jesus, they’re like a cargo cult.

    They escape some of the most misgoverned, theocratic, corrupt, ass-backwards shiteholes on planet earth and ruck up in Sweden.

    Yes, Sweden, the most advanced, peaceful, best-run, liberal, democratic, humane, decent society on planet earth, full of some of the nicest people you could ever have the good fortune to meet. When they get there they receive welfare unheard of in their wildest dreams back in Fuckawfulistan.

    But instead of falling on their knees in abject thankfulness, kissing the soil of Sweden in tearstained gratitude at the chances they have been given, praising Allah to the highest for his mercy in allowing them to live in such a land of grace and tolerance, they burn, wreck, rape and destroy in an orgy of spite filled hatred against their generous hosts.

    And according to the handwringers it’s all the fault of the Swedes.

    In centuries to come historians, when they try to work out what caused the collapse of the western world, will still be scratching their heads in utter disbelief.

  • Ruarai

    Harry, nasty stuff, you should try a cold shower.

    Mick Hall, excellent points all.

    SoS, this sentence of yours is spot on:

    “In the West this process has been, in my humble opinion, poorly served by the rise of what has become known as ‘multi-culturism’. Rather than support positive integration of immigrants into society multi-culturism with its acute PC sensibilities has facilitated the growth of perpetual ghettos where the inhabitants live lives with little reference to the wider societies within which they are located.”

    One interesting aspect to the US is that the initial experience for immigrants, including legal immigrants, may well be pretty brutal: 2-3 ft jobs, low pay, scraping by in a country without much of a welfare state compared to Europe. But just watch the kids of immigrants or the grandkids.

    While I don’t want to overstate the point, the kids will often, thanks to the back-breaking efforts (and example) of their parents, have the opportunity to attend some of the best schools on earth and then find employment in some of the biggest companies or election to the highest offices in the land. They’re immigrants’ kids primarily, they’re Americans.

    n Europe, through a mix of misguided policy and deep-rooted racism, the kids and grandkids of immigrants will still feel like outsiders, still feel suspected as outsiders, and, not least, in such heavily state-orientated economies where people clog up non-jobs for years while blocking entry to the labour force to young people, 2nd, 3rd, 4th generation immigrant kids will struggle to penetrate the personal networks guarding the employment gateways to European civil service jobs.

    Mick, I suspect that your analysis may be the wrong way around based on super wealthy Norway.

    The disruption to the systems that the Scandinavian models haven’t managed to accommodate wasn’t primarily the changes in their economic models but the very arrival of large numbers of immigrant groups. These are, as you say homogeneous cultures, not well-built or experienced in integrated a large influx of so many outsiders over so a short space of time – few countries are capable of this. One certainly is though: Immigration reform is desperatly needed but the US, for all its faults, is able to attract and integrated immigrants in a way that I suspect will forever remain light years ahead of every other country on earth.

  • Harry Flashman

    Truth hurts Ruari, I note you can’t dispute a single word I say. Pained lip-pursing doesn’t count as rebuttal.

    How does your “European racism” (yeah right, such a racist country Sweden), theory explain the huge successes made by Chinese and other Asian immigrants when they get to the West?

    Could it be that the blame doesn’t actually lie with the host societies and might actually lie with the indolent, ungrateful, racist (yes, surprise surprise, most often immigrants are much more racist to their hosts than their hosts are to them), violent, stupid, oafish bastards that are trying to wreck the once-pleasant societies they have chosen to live in?

    Hey folks, it ain’t Sweden’s fault that these fuckwits can’t make a success of their pathetic lives.