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Is Sweden wise to allow large masses of Immigrants into country? Let’s talk!

December 11, 2014

I find the issues in Sweden interesting to evaluate as the country is smaller than the USA yet the mindset of the politicians (at present) seems to be similar to those in our Obama Administration. Obama wants to allow some 11 million illegal immigrants to assimilate into our pluralistic mix of people with minimal restrictions. His recent executive order on immigration (after our election) is now law. Our recent elections in November 2014 demonstrate that a huge majority of Americans disagree with Obama policies on immigration, healthcare, and economic fundamentals. Why this disconnect? Is Obama now flaunting the ‘will’ of the American people? Many think so!

America’s immigration policy (by Obama) was not supported by the voting electorate in November 2014. Yet the President ignored the ‘voice’ of the people!

Sweden is currently allowing a huge growing mix of immigrants (some 100,000 in 2014) into their welfare oriented country at a break-neck pace. Is this wise policy or will these policies lead to huge social/economic/assimilation problems for the immigrants and for Sweden overall? Let’s review the situation in Sweden to get some perspective upon what is now happening over there.

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2011!

Bildt has referred to the immigrants as “difficult to assimilate” and “poorly educated.” He also cited their involvement in several “honor killings as prompting more calls for stronger immigration policies from the Swedish public.” It appears that a growing % of Swedes have a similar sentiment!

Read this article for some additional perspective:

For years, Sweden – one of Europe’s most tranquil countries, famous for its attractive immigration policies and generous welfare system – has been accepting an influx of immigrants, which now make up about 15 per cent of its population. These migrants (to a large degree) have failed to integrate into Swedish society, and are only in the country to enjoy the country’s social benefits system, Swedish journalist Ingrid Carlqvist told RT.

“The problem is not from the Swedish government or from the Swedish people,” the editor in chief of Dispatch International said. “The last 20 years or so, we have seen so many immigrants coming to Sweden that really don’t like Sweden. They do not want to integrate, they do not want to live in [Swedish] society: Working, paying taxes and so on.”

The people come here now because they know that Sweden will give them money for nothing. They don’t have to work, they don’t have to pay taxes – they can just stay here and get a lot of money. That is really a problem,” Carlqvist added.

Bring a large alien population into your country at breakneck speed, grant them access to a vast welfare state, and this is what results.  Feed them more slowly into a robust free market noted for healthy job growth, and the outcome can be happier for all concerned.  As it goes in Sweden, so it goes in the United States, and everywhere else.

This perspective from Carlqvist is shared by a growing % of Swedes (it appears) as is evident from the recent election results in September 2014. The party which espouses the above view acquired some 13% of the popular vote in September, 2014. Also, this group of Sweden Democrats (SD) were able to create a veto situation within the parliament which forced the elected Prime Minister, Stefan Lofven, to collapse the government and call for new elections on March 22, 2015. The central issue appears to be IMMIGRATION polices! So what gives? Is being nice and friendly not always a sound policy? Is giving new immigrants lavish welfare benefits…without a livable job (in the new country) and a capability to speak Swedish a wise policy? Have Swedish politicians forgotten about ‘human nature’ and the real consequences of break-neck welfare for those who may not appreciate these tax-payer gifts?

John Hayward, an American journalist says: The vital importance of opportunity is why the flow of immigrants must be controlled.  Dropping too many new arrivals into the system at once leaves many of them with little hope of finding decent employment.  This is probably true of both high and low-skilled immigrants, but there generally aren’t enough high-skilled immigrants at any given time to overload the economy of the host nation.  They tend to find good jobs quickly – often they are invited to become citizens to fill particular positions – so they assimilate relatively well.

Large numbers of low-skilled immigrants, arriving either by invitation or through illicit border crossings, are another matter.  Even a vibrant economy needs time to process each new group.  Many immigrants arrive with young children who quickly reach working age, while others have children after they arrive.  These young people need a healthy supply of entry-level jobs.  Everyone grows uneasy when they are thrown into desperate competition with native-born young people for scarce entry-level jobs.

This engine of opportunity and integration simply cannot run smoothly when it’s overloaded and jammed.  There isn’t any way to properly assimilate more people than the economy can handle… particularly when the trappings of middle-class life are well-known thanks to information technology, but seem out of reach to new citizens.

The only thing that reliably encourages immigrants to assimilate is opportunity.  They need jobs, and a chance to create their own business enterprises.   Nothing else brings a sufficient sense of belonging. Nothing else illuminates citizenship as both a privilege and a set of responsibilities.  Nothing else brings new arrivals and native-born citizens closer together.  Earning, saving, building, and contributing to the cost of government… those are the instruments of national identity.  Without them, patriotism can seem hollow, cynical, or hypocritical – a treasure shared by others, precious to members of a club that the immigrant never fully joins.  Citizenship really does have to be earned, long after the paperwork has been signed.  It loses its value when given away.

I am sure that the Swedish parliamentarians have various viewpoints on all these issues. I am also quite sure that my Swedish relatives (if I poll them) will express diverse views on this situation in Sweden. The current sentiment, however, appears to be growing in the direction outlined above. This is what I have been noticing from my research. It will be interesting to witness the coming new election results after the voting on March 22, 2015. Will the Sweden Democrats (SD) gain additional numbers or will the viewpoint of the Social Democrats and the Moderates prevail. The countdown is only 89 days until the results will be known. Enjoy the drama! I am:

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