Refugees solution to unemployment in Sweden: 2,500 new police officers and 1,600 civil employees needed to keep asylum centers safe
Swedish police have requested up to 4,100 new employees because of the current influx of refugees, which have increased the terror threat. The Swedish prime minister has supported the initiative after a deadly stabbing attack in a refugee facility.
“I don’t think the Swedish people want that, without the government and parliament listening to our request,” he said.
Eliasson added that extra police forces are needed to step up border controls, ensure security in refugee accommodations, fight terrorism and exercise deportations.
“We have a lot of places where people are living for a long time in difficult conditions. These are small spaces where there are fights and disturbances. We need to have a presence there to make sure it’s nice and quiet,” Eliasson said.
Later on Monday, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven agreed that police need more staff because of the refugee influx the country is facing.
“The police authority have got … a heavier workload because of the refugee situation. And then you need more resources,” said Lofven, according to Reuters.
Along with extra staff, police also asked the government for more investment in facilities, equipment, vehicles and training. They say they will need an extra $210-$320 million for 2017 to 2019.
Minister for Home Affairs Anders Ygeman is cautiously optimistic about the government’s ability to satisfy the police demands.
“If we have a situation with border control that we haven’t had since 1994, if we have the greatest terrorist threat since this scale was introduced, well then eventually it will be necessary to give more resources to the police,” he said, as cited by Radio Sweden.
Sweden raised security concerns after a deadly stabbing attack at a center for underage, unaccompanied refugees in Mölndal, southern Sweden on Monday where a 22-year-old female staff member was killed by a 15-year-old male asylum seeker.
In another incident, a police patrol consisting of 10 officers was forced to flee the Västerås refugee center in Sweden after being surrounded by a mob of violent migrants last Wednesday. The police wanted to relocate a 10-year-old boy, after reports that he had been subject to repeated rape.
Swedish authorities said last month that the country has hit its limit in terms of receiving asylum seekers and reintroduced border checks. Last year, Sweden accepted about 200,000 migrants and refugees.
A young woman stabbed in a brawl on Monday at a center for underage unaccompanied refugees in southern Sweden has died of her injuries.
“The woman who was taken to Sahlgrenska Hospital this morning died because of the injuries she received in connection with the altercation, relatives are informed,” police spokesman Christer Fuxborg said, as quoted by Aftonbladet newspaper.
A preliminary investigation has been launched, police said. The event will be classified either as murder or manslaughter, depending on the suspect’s intentions.
The attacker, who lives at the facility, was arrested and remains in custody. His identity has not yet been confirmed, police say. It is unclear how many residents were involved in the altercation. Six to seven other people are reported to have been detained for questioning, however the authorities are currently facing issues with the language barrier.
“It is difficult for us to communicate with each other, as some of them don’t speak Swedish. We are about to find out what happened,” Fuxborg said, as quoted by Göteborgs-Posten.
Amal Hassan, a colleague of the deceased, arrived at the scene as soon as she heard about what had happened.
“I am shocked. All who live here are very nice. There has never been trouble before,” she told Göteborgs-Posten.
The center in Mölndal is a private facility. It was only open since September 2015 and only ten adolescent refugees live there. So it doesn’t seem like they were so nice. If only ten adolescents are unable to live “nicely” together for just ten months then maybe there is a problem, no? And if six or seven other people were involved, that only leaves two or three who did not participate in the murder.
But of course, you can’t blame them all for the crimes of just a few, can you?