Observing Sweden – 22 September 2016

Saw this rather amazing post yesterday.

September 20, 2016: An advertisement produced by a Swedish government-backed charity calling for Swedes to ‘integrate’ with migrants and adopt foreign cultures and languages has been met with backlash online


Just one year after Sweden began accepting refugees at rates far greater than its European neighbors its citizens are now being instructed in no uncertain terms to deal with the new reality.

A television ad, backed by Sweden’s government, aims to break down asylum seeker stereotypes, and lower rising tension and violence among natives and the country’s new arrivals.

Last year, almost 200,000 refugees entered Sweden – more per capita than any other nation in Europe.

“There’s no way back, Sweden will never be what it once was,” the 75 second message begins.

I can’t help but wonder what would happen if a statement like this was presented to Americans.

Smiling faces of different colors flash up on the screen, with the voice over telling Swedes it is time “to find a way to live side by side”.

“New Swedes will claim their space and bring their culture, language and customs – and it’s time to see it as a positive force.”

As the numbers of migrants to Sweden increased last year, so too did the voting population’s discontent with the ruling party, the centre-left Social Democrats.

A January poll showed support for the government at its lowest level since polling records began.

In November last year The Telegraph reported that migrants in Sweden were twice as likely to be unemployed, and begging was commonplace in Stockholm.

A mob of 100 masked men, dressed in black, stalked the streets of Stockholm earlier this year, attacking anyone who looked like they were a migrant and clashing with police.

“Let’s build a country where we put fear an hate aside,” the film urges.

The charity who produced the advertisement have denied criticisms that the message asks Swedes to give up their “old” culture and views.

© Nine Digital Pty Ltd 2016
Read more at http://www.9news.com.au/world/2016/09/20/10/51/theres-no-way-back-swedes-told-to-accept-massive-wave-of-migrants#bYVbh44qwzoKgDBr.99


About Bruce Louis Dodson

Bruce Louis Dodson is an American expat now living in Borlänge, Sweden with his wife, cat and dog. He is an artist and world traveler who writes fiction and poetry and practices photography in his less than copious free time. His work has appeared in: Barely South Review - Boundaries Issue, Blue Collar Review, Pulsar Poetry (UK), Foliate Oak, Breadline Press West Coast Anthology . The E-buffet, Qarrtsiluni, Struggle Magazine, Pearl Literary Magazine, Contemporary Literature Review: India, 3rd Wednesday, Sleeping Cat Books - Trip of a Lifetime Anthology, Northern Liberties Review, Authors Abroad - Foreign & and Far Away Anthology, The Path, Page & Spine, The Crucible, Sleeping Cat Books -Trips of a Lifetime, Vine Leaves, Pirene's Fountain,Tic Toc Anthology - Kind of a Hurricane Press, Cordite Poetry Review, Buffalo Almanac and mgv2.
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One Response to Observing Sweden – 22 September 2016

  1. Poor policy begets poor public relations and marketing for such policy?

    (Do you see that red wine that I just dropped on your pretty new rug? Isn’t the shape of that stain interesting? Just relax. It will grow on you.)

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