Ilya Meyer
Ilya Meyer

Swedish government increasingly divorced from reality

The Swedish government is bizarrely divorced from reality.

First it opens the country’s doors to any and every economic migrant and asylum seeker who wants to enter Sweden from Muslim countries.

Then it finds it has neither the financial nor the human resources to deal with the influx.

And it most certainly doesn’t have the backbone to handle the violence that unfortunately also accompanies a significant portion of this Islamist-inspired influx – violence that has led to a worrying increase in sex attacks and rapes of children and young girls and a total disregard for law and order.

In the wake of this rapid social breakdown the already overworked and understaffed Swedish police, following a directive from the National Police Commissioner, issued a comprehensive blackout on all migrant/asylum seeker-related crimes by registering such crimes under a fictitious “Code 291” category in the hope that prying media would not make the connection. This worked for a while until someone let the cat out the bag.

And now Interior Minister Anders Ygeman says that after allowing more than 160,000 largely unidentified migrants into Sweden in just 12 months, many of whom immediately went underground, he intends to deport up to 80,000 of them back to their home countries – despite not actually knowing their names or current addresses, or even the countries from which they come…

The Interior Minister’s populist statement needs to be understood in the following context – which renders everything else irrelevant:

Just last week, a force of 20 Swedish police officers were chased away – beaten back and evacuated in panic – when they arrived at an asylum centre to rescue a little 10-year-old migrant boy who staff said had been subjected to repeated rapes by predatory adults lodging at the asylum centre.

When 20 armed police officers are chased away in their attempt to rescue a child victim, what are the chances that the authorities will be able to effect the unwilling deportation of up to 80,000 aggressive adults?

In all this, spare a thought for the overworked, frustrated and increasingly back-bound Swedish police – who have an immensely tough job to do but are restricted by the nation’s politicians and media in the execution of that job.

The eviction of up to 80,000 unwilling and aggressive deportees will not be a police matter. The Swedish police already have more than enough to do as it is, battling against both increasing crime and increasing political demands that restrict their ability to do their jobs. The deportations – all 80,000 of them – will be carried out by unarmed civilian staff.

Yeah, right…

Oh, and I almost forgot: each deportee will be given a 30,000 kronor (about 4000 US dollars) cash “relocation grant” for leaving Sweden. For 80,000 deportees, this corresponds to about 2.4 billion kronor. That’s before you even factor in the cost of the chartered aircraft, their crews and fuel, the personnel needed to accompany the deportees overseas, the board and lodging costs for the deportees awaiting their transfer overseas, etc etc. Even more money being diverted from already severely suffering Swedish taxpayers – who after funding last year’s mass immigration, are now being asked to fund mass deportations of the very same people. While their own pensions are further slashed in order to pay for this ongoing and increasingly erratic social experiment.

The Swedish government, meanwhile, says we should show “solidarity”.

It’s all so bizarre it’s almost hysterically funny.

Only it isn’t, because we’re talking about the welfare of human beings here – migrants/asylum seekers who have made an often perilous and always expensive journey to Sweden, only to arrive in a Sweden where their integration is an absolute impossibility because Sweden has not yet succeeded in properly integrating those relatively few immigrants who arrived in more organised forms before this latest influx. And we’re also talking about the welfare of Swedish taxpayers – admittedly a less pressing but nonetheless important issue.

It’s Sweden’s Social Democratic government that doesn’t seem to see the migrants and asylum-seekers as human beings, merely as pawns in a cynical political game of increasingly desperate vote-gathering.

And if all that weren’t enough, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the increasingly embattled Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström – you know, the lady who the day after moving into office recognised “Palestine” despite Mahmud Abbas’s daily anti-Semitic indoctrination and incitement – wrote an op-ed in a major Swedish daily in which she spotlighted the dangers of anti-Semitism in Sweden.

That would be the anti-Semitism that she has imported along with many of the 160,000 undocumented Islamists she allowed into Sweden last year. The anti-Semitism she is daily encouraging in the Palestinian Authority by transferring unprecedentedly large amounts of Swedish taxpayer revenues to Abbas with absolutely no demands for reciprocity in the form of a stop to anti-Semitic indoctrination and the killing of Jews in Israel. On the contrary, Abbas rewards the Islamist murderers and their families with lifelong pensions – pensions that are ultimately funded by Swedish tax revenues.

Oh, and I almost forgot: Margot Wallström is also the alternatively gifted lady who blamed the brutal massacre of 130 civilians in Paris on the Palestinians’ conflict with Israel

Like I said – hysterically funny. Only we’re dealing here with untold human tragedies on a daily basis. For desperate migrants brought here under false pretenses and with false hopes, as well as for increasingly desperate Swedes reeling under security and financial constraints that were unimaginable just 12 months ago.

About the Author
Ilya Meyer is former deputy chair of the West Sweden branch of the Sweden-Israel Friendship Association. He blogs about Israel and Sweden’s relationship with Israel at the Times of Israel and at He made his debut as a writer of political thrillers with The Hart Trilogy: "Bridges Going Nowhere" (2014), "The Threat Beneath" (2015) and "From The Shadows" (2016), where the action switches seamlessly between Samaria, Gaza, Israel and Sweden. The books are available from as ebooks and also in paperback. Work has started on a fourth book, "Picture Imperfect".