Immigration

Europe's Leaders Finally Admit Mass Migration Is a Problem

German chancellor and Swedish prime minister change their tune on the immigrant crime problem.

Political Editors · Mar. 7, 2018

Recall that last year President Donald Trump was widely criticized for suggesting that Sweden had a crime problem due to its mass migration policy. Trump stated at the time, “You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden. Who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers [of refugees]. They’re having problems like they never thought possible.” At the time Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven took offense at Trump’s words and suggested that his statements were irresponsible. “We must all take responsibility for using facts correctly and for verifying anything we spread,” he lectured. Now Löfven is singing a different tune.

Visiting the White House this week, Löfven said on Tuesday, “We have our share of domestic challenges, no doubt about that. We are dealing with it every day, allocating more resources to the police, more resources to the security police, tougher laws on crime, tougher laws on terrorism.” He added, “We can see some results now in our three major cities, decrease in shootings because we’re attacking the organized crime very tough. And we’ll keep on doing that. There is no space in Sweden for organized crime. They decrease freedom for ordinary people.”

Löfven further stated, “We inherited a legislation that was not sustainable, legislation on migration. We changed the legislation, so now we have decreased the number of refugees, and we’re also putting pressure on the other European Union countries to take their share of the responsibility.” Interestingly, part of Sweden’s new legislation designed to combat its migration problem was a law that ended “chain migration,” an immigration reform idea that has been heavily touted by Trump here in the U.S.

A congenial Trump responded to the prime minister’s statements, saying, “Certainly you have a problem with immigration. It’s caused problems in Sweden. I was one of the first ones to say it. I took a little heat, but that was OK. I proved to be right. But you do have a problem. I know the problem will slowly disappear, hopefully rapidly disappear.”

But Löfven isn’t the only European leader who seems to be waking up to the dangerous problem Europe’s migration policy has created. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose party is struggling to cobble together a new government after significant losses in the recent election, finally acknowledged the existence of “no-go areas” within Germany. No-go areas are migrant communities that have essentially set up their own rules, often in direct opposition to the laws of the land, into which even national law enforcement authorities avoid going. “There are such areas and one has to call them by their name and do something about them,” Merkel said.

This admission was a big deal. France has the same issues and so does the United Kingdom. But this is the first time a national leader has admitted it.

Will European leaders rouse themselves in time to shake off their politically correct shackles and finally address the growing problem and protect their citizens?

Here is a “60 Minutes” report exposing a glimpse of Europe’s refugee problem:

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