Sweden’s Former PM Says Mass Migration Makes Country Safer

Former Prime Minister of Sweden Fredrik Reinfeldt has hit back at U.S. President Donald J. Trump, insisting mass migration has strengthened the country, which he said is becoming safer.

In an interview with Aftonbladet, the Moderate party figure slammed Trump for his depiction of the Scandinavian country, accusing the U.S. president of drawing attention to crime and unrest in Sweden “to send a message that large scale migration harms a country”.

In an interview with Aftonbladet, the Moderate party figure slammed Trump for his depiction of the Scandinavian country, accusing the U.S. president of drawing attention to crime and unrest in Sweden “to send a message that large scale migration harms a country”.

Reinfeldt criticised the image of Sweden portrayed by some, including a piece by Sweden Democrat (SD) leaders Jimmie Åkesson and Mattias Karlsson last week in the Wall Street Journal, which said, “Trump is right”.

Contrary to how the country is depicted in the article, which argued that mass migration has led to riots and crime, the former prime minister said Sweden has been steadily becoming safer. He argued that rising rape figures only reflect higher rates of reporting, and that crime is decreasing.

Equating historic migration of Europeans to the U.S., Reinfeldt said it is “ahistoric” and makes no sense that the president would want to cut migration.

According to the Center for Immigration Studies, the average household headed by an immigrant (legal or illegal) costs American taxpayers $6,234 (£5,018) each year in federal welfare benefits.

The former prime minister told Aftonbladet: “The strange thing is that Donald Trump is trying to tell Americans that it’s not a good idea to let immigrants in the country. But one wonders, how do people think the United States was to become the United States?”

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