Swedish PM on terrorism and immigration

Following the truck attack in Sweden on Friday Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has spoken on terrorism and immigration, covered separately in contrasting reports.

Rakhmat Akilov, a failed asylum seeker from Uzbekistan, is currently in custody on suspicion of carrying out the attack.

UK Express: ‘Terrorism will NEVER defeat Sweden’ PM Stefan Löfven vows after Stockholm lorry attack

Speaking to SVT on Sunday evening, the Swedish PM said terrorism will never defeat the Nordic country and it will remain united in the face of such atrocities.

The declaration came after Mr Löfven was asked: “The Swedish people have shown solidarity and conciliation after this attack but the terrorists want to increase fear, to create division in society. How do you view this risk?”

To which he responded: “I believe today’s [gathering] was a clear message from Stockholm and Sweden that we intend to keep our open, warm and inclusive society.

“That was the message. Terrorism will never defeat Sweden.”

Speaking at a Social Democrat party conference this weekend, a visibly moved Mr Löfven also expressed his pride in Sweden for its response to the attack.

He said: “I am proud to have you as fellow countrymen. You can take this pride [in your actions] with you for the rest of your lives.

“Friends, this is our fundamental challenge, as social democrats and as Swedes, during this conference and this decade. We are here to respond to this uncertainty.”

The Swedish PM added the work to combat terrorism must continue across party lines: “We will now invite the other parties that passed the national strategy against terrorism so that this work can be continued.

“We must prevent, obstruct and defend against terrorism with all the resources at our disposal. We will chase these killers with all the strength of our democracy.”

But Fox News focuses more on the immigration angle in Stockholm terror: Sweden will ‘never go back’ to mass immigration, PM reacts

Sweden will “never go back to the days of mass immigration” after it emerged the Stockholm attacker was a failed asylum seeker, the Swedish prime minister has said.

Stefan Löfven spoke out against the recent mass influx of immigrants coming in to Sweden during the 2015 migrant crisis.

The Swedish Prime Minister said: “Sweden will never go back to the [mass migration] we had in autumn 2015, never. Everyone who has been denied a permit should return home.

“This makes me feel enormously frustrated. If you have been denied a visa you are supposed to leave the country.”

He added: “Terrorists want us to be afraid, want us to change our behaviour, want us to not live our lives normally, but that is what we’re going to do. Terrorists can never defeat Sweden, never.”

But terrorists can have a significant impact. Like cause a change of approach to immigration.

Sweden, a country of 10 million people, took in 244,000 asylum seekers in 2014 and 2015 – the highest per capita number in Europe.

There are more than 3,000 migrants reportedly living unlawfully in Stockholm alone and an estimated 12,000 migrants awaiting deportation from the country.

That’s a lot of asylum seekers and deportations to try to handle – the majority of whom don’t resort to terrorism. It can be difficult identifying and dealing with the risks.

14 Comments

  1. It must be too early in the morning to do effective proofreading, but where or what is Sewdish in your headlines

    • Blazer

       /  April 11, 2017

      means Swedish ….called a typo.

    • I’ve picked that up but thought that someone would point it out – I have a lot to try and fit in in the mornings and sometimes stuff up things up. And not just in the mornings.

      • Gezza

         /  April 11, 2017

        On Ya PG 👍 Can’t be easy when ya find ya sometimes gotta be *parenting* as well.

    • Corky

       /  April 11, 2017

      Get a life..prat.

  2. David

     /  April 11, 2017

    Sweden hugely toughened up on immigration 18 months ago and could well be a change in government next time. Sweden looks to repeat the same mistake that France has made where there are enclaves of Muslim immigrants in outer suburbs with 80% unemployment and little prospects, basically importing the Islamic/Sharia nonsense they have escaped from.
    Lets face it a good chunk of Muslims dont want to integrate and want to run parallel societies, France, England, Sweden, Belgium and their right on multi culturalism is a anything but.

  3. Nelly Smickers

     /  April 11, 2017

    As Wayne just said, “I wonder why DOTUS hasn’t decided to liberate Sweden yet? He must really love those Syrians”

  4. Brown

     /  April 11, 2017

    It is correct that terrorism won’t defeat Sweden. Political correctness and socialism already have.

    • MaureenW

       /  April 11, 2017

      Comment of the day

      • Absolutely correct on the politically correct premise. There are many aspects of their so-called “socialism” I would hold up as excellent, most notably their choice-rich education voucher system.

      • Gezza

         /  April 11, 2017

        8.50am

        Too early to make that call, imo. Lurch & Wayne still have time to claim that prize.

    • Corky

       /  April 11, 2017

      Thanks Brown…my sentiments exactly.

  5. Nelly Smickers

     /  April 11, 2017

    When I read something like this, it makes me wonder *just who* and *how many* they may have already allowed into this country 😡

    My fear is it may only be *a matter of time* until…………

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