A friend circulated the video below, a ‘Swedish Documentary On Failed Immigration‘, with some enthusiasm. I was interested at the time because I had met people in Iraqi Kurdistan who have relatives living in Sweden who appear to have become very well integrated into Swedish society. However, I do not recommend it, and since I think the film is relevant to some of the ‘concerns’ raised about immigrants in this country, I decided to publish my critique of the film here.
The film begins with a series of questions. They ask whether it would be cheaper to help refugees by allowing them to stay in their own countries and ending the Western supported wars that are driving them out. In fact, this is what the majority of refugees would prefer, but the film is not concerned with the preferences of the refugees. They also ask why there is a preponderance of men among the refugees arriving in Sweden. This isn’t surprising as a single man can surely travel more efficiently than a woman with children. But they don’t ask how they could change this balance through providing more assistance to women and children in war zones. Their concern is that these refugees, strangers to Sweden, mostly Arab men, have been given permanent residency in their country.
What really jumped out was this message that Swedish culture is threatened and that Swedes are not allowed to question their countries reception of these immigrants, much less empowered to do anything about it. The film asserts a concern that the majority of white Europeans (Swedes) in Sweden will soon be lost. In the United States there are those that express similar concerns that the US will soon be a majority black and brown country, which I don’t see happening any time soon here. But about Sweden, the numbers given in the film itself reduce these claims to absurdity.