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Swedish Prime minster, Fredrik Reinfeldt, responds to his "ethnic Swedes" utterance
Monday, 21 May 2012
If there are some things that have disturbed the Swedish government and
its prime minister, at this moment, two stand out - the persistently
high unemployment among the country’s 9 million people (7.7 percent)
and the rise and rise of the opposition – Social Democrats. These are
the things that put such politicians under pressure and force them to
make mistakes that can cause them dearly.
It is not clear if this is one of those issues that made the Prime
Minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt to say last week that Swedish high
unemployment is driven by the immigrants or Swedes of immigrant
background who are unemployable. This has to do with the view that data
of middle ages “real” Swedes i.e., white Swedish people, their
unemployment rate is lowest compared to those with immigrant – looking
He has been making rounds in the various media houses trying to
“clarify” what he said as it might have been taken ‘out of context.’
Though not apologizing, he told Swedish television yesterday Sunday,
that no one has to turn a blind eye from the problems.
Reinfeldt was trying to respond to criticism after his "ethnic Swedes"
utterance last week which he said “...what unemployment? Middle Swedes
have the lowest unemployment but unemployment in this country is driven
by immigranst,” This is similar to what the former British Prime
Minister, Gordon Brown said two year ago of “British jobs to British
people” when he came under intense pressures close to general
elections. Gordon Brown lost that election but it does not look like
what Reinfeldt said could cause him his job given that the general
feeling in Sweden is anti immigration anyway and racism is a way of
This is why the Prime minister, Reinfeldt, did not apologize for using
the phrase. In countries such as the USA, Canada, France or the UK, he
would have gone down screaming and apologizing.
“Sometimes you say "foreign born", sometimes "of foreign origin." It's
a way to show that people from other countries have difficulty in
entering the Swedish labour market.
According to Fredrik Reinfeldt, it is important that someone who does
not draw the conclusion that Sweden's borders should be closed
recognize problems as they look.
“We have opened up for labour immigration, have adopted more liberal
rules on asylum and immigration policy and put on policy so that we get
an introduction guide in integration policies,” said Fredrik Reinfeldt.
He adds that if saying that problems don’t exist, a bit like Stefan
Löfven, leader of the Social democrats then it becomes very difficult
to do anything.
According to the prime minister, Swedish immigration approach has
changed. Now the problem is not just well-educated that can not find
work at the level of their expertise, also people, mainly from
Afghanistan and Somalia, with limited secondary education who are in
But the prime minister did not try to disintegrate the educated from
the non - educated. He would have said that due to wonton
discrimination in the Swedish job market, labour resource lay idle even
if they are properly trained and qualified. But because of the colour
of their skin or accent in speaking Swedish they are repudiated from
the job market.
By bundling both educated and non - educated into the basket of
immigrants make the prime minister lack know – how in dealing with the
problem of integration in Sweden and also out of touch with the real
By Scancomark.se Team
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