|The Ghost of Paley
Joined: Oct. 2005
Some statistics and studies of Muslims or immigrants from overwhelmingly Muslim nations:
|On the Outside|
In France, foreign youths from predominantly Muslim countries have a particularly high rate of unemployment. Rates for ages 15-29:
Foreigners from North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and Turkey 40 percent Foreigners (all nationalities) 26 percent French by birth 16 percent French by naturalization 15 percent
Note: Data are from 2002
Source: Advance excerpts from "Integrating Islam: Political and Religious Challenges in Contemporary France
Other Economic Measures:
|FRANCE has failed miserably to integrate the millions of Arab and African immigrants who have settled in the country since the 1960s, according to two reports this week. |
The findings, by the state court of auditors and senior business leaders, confirm a reality that is familiar to everyone in France and highlight the bankruptcy of a state policy that denies the existence of ethnic communities.
The business leaders’ report, drafted for Jean-Pierre Raffarin, the Prime Minister, said that France was not only inflicting injustice on generations of ethnic minorities but also depriving itself of a vital economic resource.
According to the report, young people of Arab and African origin are five times more likely to be unemployed than the rest of the French population. In education the number of Arabs and Africans gaining access to top university courses and the elite “grandes écoles” is decreasing, while problems at primary and secondary level mean that schools are “incapable of ensuring basic literacy among non-French-speaking immigrants ”.
The two reports called for far more active measures to help minorities, but stopped short of supporting the idea of race quotas.
Such “positive discrimination” is enthusiastically backed by M Sarkozy but opposed by President Chirac and most of the political world as contradictory to France’s doctrine of the homogenous, egalitarian republic.
Where are these Africans from?
|The composition of this population group has changed more than its numerical size. The immigrants who arrived in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s were mainly Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and North African. In 1999, three national groups accounted for some 500,000 immigrants: the Portuguese, Algerians and Moroccans. Next came the Turks, Italians, Spaniards and Tunisians and nationals of sub-Saharan Africa. The proportion of Italian and Spanish immigrants in the total was higher, but many of them have acquired French nationality.|
More recent numbers:
|Immigrants from sub-Saharan African countries appeared to lead the charge, with their numbers jumping 45 percent between 1999 and 2004 to 570,000.|
The number of immigrants from North African countries rose to 1.5 million, up 220,000 from 1999.
And there are plenty of Muslims even in the sub-Saharan region.
The "speculation" of large Muslim imprisonment rates is widespread:
|Prison populations have been expanding across Europe in recent years, partly because of stricteranticrime regimens influenced by the sort of zero tolerance on quality-of-life crimes that was epitomized by the former New York City mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani. |
France's prison population has risen by 20 percent in the past three years, largely because of aggressive pursuit of lower-level crimes.
Missoum Abdelmadjid Chaoui, the imam responsible for the Nanterre institution here west of Paris, says there are only eight Muslim chaplains for the nearly 20,000 Muslim inmates in the Paris region. He handles 9 of the 25 prisons himself.
The prisons' shifting demographics are engraved in the small brick- walled exercise yard in Fresnes, a hub in transferring inmates around the national system. Names carved into the bricks a century ago are all French. ''Maurice Barbes, 1909,'' reads one. But those carved by the young men filling the yard these days are predominantly North African names like Oulmana, Chebbabi and Karim.
Although this study says the immigrants do well compared to their economic cohorts, the North Africa academic success rates are pretty grim:
|Contrary to recent French research which has studied the success of immigrants’ children in the|
baccalauréat examination using either a retrospective design (Tribalat, 1996) or a cross-sectional design
(Laacher and Lenfant, 1997), we study it in a longitudinal or prospective perspective. As Table 3 indicates,
31.8% of French secondary school entrants obtain the baccalauréat diploma after seven years, i.e. without
repeating a year, but the corresponding rate is 24.7% for South-East Asians, 20.2% for Portuguese, 19.1%
for Moroccans, 18.2% for Tunisians, 16.9% for Algerians and only 12.9% for Turks. Compared to their
French schoolmates, foreign children therefore are at a disadvantage in the French secondary school and the
number of foreign attributes as well as the duration of stay of parents in France highlight similar, albeit slightly
Some more insight:
|In 2005, the unemployment in the cités reached 20%, whereas the national average is 10% ; in some quarters, it can reach 40%. Part of the problem is that the general level of education in these areas is well below the national average, which, in a context where it is difficult to find jobs requiring little or no qualifications, is bound to generate high unemployment. According to the BBC, the unemployment rate for university graduates of French origin is 5%; this can be compared to the unemployment rate of 26.5% for university graduates of North African origin. However, the BBC study does not specify whether the people of North African statistically attend the same university curricula as the average French population; it is well-known that some French higher education curricula do not offer good job prospects afterwards, and a "graduate" can be someone with a DEUG (a diploma issued after just two years of University education). Employment prospects in France for someone with only a DEUG are slim. According to the BBC, the inability of educated people who happen to be nonwhite to obtain employment and the connection to documented racism have left many feeling that they face dim prospects regardless of their actions. |
Here are some stats that Nine didn't "throw out for discussion":
|Industry and labour|
· Bangladeshis and Pakistanis are two and a half times more likely to be unemployed than the white population and three times more likely to be on low pay
· Average earnings among Muslim men are 68% that of non-Muslim men
· Three-quarters of Bangladeshi and Pakistani children live in households earning less than half the average income
· 25% of Pakistani men are self-employed compared with 11% of white men
· 65% of Bangladeshis are semi-skilled manual workers compared with 23% among other ethnic minorities and 15% among white Britons
· 54% of Pakistani and Bangladeshi homes receive income support, three times other households
· 28% of older Pakistani and Bangladeshi people live in homes without central heating
· 38% live in overcrowded homes. They are three times as likely not to have a phone at home than non-Muslims
· Number of Muslims in prison: 4,298, 7% of the male population and 3% of female
· Perinatal mortality rate among Pakistani mothers is 16%, twice the UK average
· 18% of Pakistanis are diagnosed with chest pains or heart disease, compared with 14% of Sikhs, and 8% of Hindus
· 20% of Muslims report a long-standing illness, compared with 16% for Hindus and Sikhs
· There are four Muslim schools in the state sector, though many more private schools
· The percentage of Pakistani and Bangladeshi girls taking A levels in 1998 was more than double that of white boys
· Bangladeshi and Pakistani children with unemployed parents are more likely to enter higher education than their white counterparts
· In 2000, 30% of Pakistani students gained five or more good GCSEs, compared with 50% in the population as a whole
· There are 5,400 Muslim millionaires (measured by cash and stocks but not property)
· 77% of Pakistani and 45% of Bangladeshi households are owner-occupiers
· 43% of Bangladeshis live in council or housing association properties - 50% higher than the national average
|The need to counter Muslim radicalization in prisons is underscored by recent population statistics and incarceration rates.7 There are around 13 million Muslims living in Europe (about 2.5 percent of the total population); of this number, over 7 million live in Western Europe (about 2 percent of the total population). Initially, Western Europe’s Muslim communities were made up of workers drawn largely from former European colonies. These mostly male laborers were later joined by family members arriving from abroad. West Germany was also home to a significant number of Turkish guest workers, whose status was more formally defined. More recently, these established Muslim communities have swelled with the arrival of economic and political refugees from the Balkans, Iraq, Somalia, Afghanistan, and North Africa. The number of Muslims living in the United Kingdom grew from about 23,000 in 1951 to 2 million in 2000. In 1961, there were about 6,700 Turkish Muslims living in West Germany; the Muslim population of Germany now also stands at about 2 million. Other West European countries, particularly France and the Netherlands, have seen similar increases in their Muslim populations. If current legal and illegal immigration patterns hold, this trend will likely continue.8 |
Foreigners in general and Muslims in particular are overrepresented in Europe’s prison populations. In Switzerland, for example, the foreign inmates generally fall into one of three categories: asylum seekers, tourists who have committed crimes, and long-term residents who have not been granted Swiss citizenship. Such foreigners account for nearly 63 percent of the Swiss prison population—about 3,500 of the 5,000 inmates—although they constitute only 20 percent of the general population. Given Switzerland’s geographical proximity to the Balkans, it is not surprising that many of these foreign prisoners are Muslims from Albania, Macedonia, and the former Yugoslav Republic.9
This pattern is replicated in other European states. Official statistics show that foreigners account for 28.5 percent, 34 percent, and 28.5 percent of the French, German, and Italian prison populations, respectively, proportions far in excess of the foreign component of the general population. Although precise figures are hard to come by, anecdotal evidence strongly suggests that a large percentage of these foreign prisoners are Muslims. In Britain, one of the few countries that makes a breakdown available, 8 percent of the prison population is Muslim, compared to only 2.5 percent of the general population. In 2002, the last year for which statistics are available, this translated into 5,495 Muslim inmates out of a total prison population of 71,218.10 The British government has also disclosed that since 9/11 only 97 out of the 562 people arrested for involvement in terrorist activities—a group made up almost entirely of Muslim men—have been charged with offenses under the Terrorism Act passed in 2000, and of these only 14 have been con-victed.11 It is Muslims such as these, men imprisoned then released for lack of evidence or detained on lesser charges, who are ripe for radicalization.
More recent data:
|In light of the above, this paper presents the results of a study exploring the process of conversion to Islam amongst young male prisoners. Since 1993, the number of Muslims in British prisons has risen threefold, from 2,106 in March 1993 to 6,136 in June 2003 (National Offender Management Service, 2004). In 2003, Muslims accounted for eight per cent of the prison population (National Offender Management Service, 2004), and this is a significant over-representation since Muslims make up approximately only 2.7 per cent of the UK population. Whilst the reasons for this over-representation are numerous, conversion to Islam (or a re-affirmation of Muslim identities) in prison may also account for the rising numbers of Muslim prisoners.|
More Prison data:
|Young Black men in particular are converting to Islam during their imprisonment, and some prisons have reported around five conversions a week. The number of Muslim inmates within British prisons is up from 700, 15 years ago, to around 5,000 currently. Muslims are 7 percent of the total British prison population, but in prisons in larger cities, such as London, Manchester or Birmingham, they account for 20 percent of all inmates. As a whole, Muslims, at around 1.9 million, make up about 3 percent of the 60 million British population.|
The figures for prisons do not include those who have converted whilst serving their sentence and a spokesman for the British Prison Service admitted that the actual number of Muslim prisoners could, in fact, be far higher.
The Prison Service employs 23 full-time and 12 part-time imams plus another 120 on a sessional basis. All are closely vetted and monitored before being allowed to work in prisons. Anwar Chaudhry, an official at a west London mosque who works part-time at a number of prisons, says: “We do not seek to radicalise inmates or even convert them. We are just teaching them positive things about Islam and how it can help their lives. Obviously, many of the prisoners come from troubled backgrounds and Islam gives them discipline and order; it helps them to run their lives better.”
|In 2001, there were 371,000 school-aged (5 to 16 year old) Muslim children in England (Source: National Statistics)|
In 2004, 67 % of Indian, 48% of Bangladeshi and 45% of Pakistani pupils gained five or more grades A* to C at GCSE (or equivalent), compared with 52% of White British pupils. (Source: Social Trends No. 36, 2006)
31% of young British Muslims leave school with no qualifications compared to 15% of the total population. (Source: National Statistics)
35 % of Muslim households have no adults in employment, (more than double the national average). (Source: 'Muslim Housing Experience', Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies)
Just under three-quarters of Bangladeshi and Pakistani children (73%) are living in households below the poverty line (60% of median income). This compares with under a third (31%) for children in all households. (Source: Department for Work and Pensions. Households Below Average Income 1994/5 - 2000/01)
In 2001, 13% of Muslim men and 16% of Muslim women reported 'not good' health. These rates, which take account of the difference in age structures between the religious groups, were higher than those of Jewish and Christian people, who were the least likely to rate their health as 'not good'.
In 2004, 28% of 16-24-year-old Muslims were unemployed. This compares with only 11% of Christians of the same age. (Source: National Statistics 2001 Census report on faith)
In 2004, a fifth of Muslims were self-employed. (Source: National Statistics)
In 2004 almost seven in ten (69%) Muslim women of working age were economically inactive. (Source: Social Trends No. 36, 2006)
47% of Muslim students have experienced Islamophobia. (Source: FOSIS (Federation of Student Islamic Societies) survey, 2005)
Almost 10% of the prison population are Muslim, two-thirds of whom are young men aged 18-30. (Source: Prison Service statistics, 2004)
Between 2001 and 2003 there was a 302% increase in 'stop and search' incidents among Asian people, compared with 118% among white people. (Source: Home Office, Statistics on Race and the Criminal Justice System, 2004).
Positive news for Muslims (look under Education).
Nine's whine gets rebutted:
|* Living on the dole: Third-world immigrants - most of them Muslims from countries such as Turkey, Somalia, Pakistan, Lebanon and Iraq - constitute 5 percent of the population but consume upwards of 40 percent of the welfare spending.|
* Engaging in crime: Muslims are only 4 percent of Denmark's 5.4 million people but make up a majority of the country's convicted rapists, an especially combustible issue given that practically all the female victims are non-Muslim. Similar, if lesser, disproportions are found in other crimes.
* Self-imposed isolation: Over time, as Muslim immigrants increase in numbers, they wish less to mix with the indigenous population. A recent survey finds that only 5 percent of young Muslim immigrants would readily marry a Dane.
* Importing unacceptable customs: Forced marriages - promising a newborn daughter in Denmark to a male cousin in the home country, then compelling her to marry him, sometimes on pain of death - are one problem.
Another is threats to kill Muslims who convert out of Islam. One Kurdish convert to Christianity, who went public to explain why she had changed religion, felt the need to hide her face and conceal her identity, fearing for her life.
* Fomenting anti-Semitism: Muslim violence threatens Denmark's approximately 6,000 Jews, who increasingly depend on police protection. Jewish parents were told by one school principal that she could not guarantee their children's safety and were advised to attend another institution. Anti-Israel marches have turned into anti-Jewish riots. One organization, Hizb-ut-Tahrir, openly calls on Muslims to "kill all Jews . . . wherever you find them."
* Seeking Islamic law: Muslim leaders openly declare their goal of introducing Islamic law once Denmark's Muslim population grows large enough - a not-that-remote prospect. If present trends persist, one sociologist estimates, every third inhabitant of Denmark in 40 years will be Muslim.
|As Danish politicians, we are offended by the way integration problems in Denmark were portrayed by Daniel Pipes and Lars Hedegaard and we wish to set the record straight (Muslim Extremism: Denmark's had Enough, Daniel Pipes and Lars Hedegaard, Aug. 27).|
The authors claim that 40% of Danish welfare expenses are consumed by Muslim immigrants. Denmark has a much broader spectrum of welfare costs than countries in North America. We include not only unemployment benefits and social security but also substantial allocations to housing, transport, homecare, early retirement, protected workplaces, daycare and other smaller schemes. Muslim immigrants do not receive 40% of those allocations even though they represent a substantial part of the clients. The main reason being: It is hard to compete on a job market not interested in employing immigrants.
The further assumption that more than half of all rapists in Denmark are Muslims is without any basis in fact, as criminal registers do not record religion.
Mr. Pipes and Mr. Hedegaard mention that only 5% of young Muslims in Denmark wish to marry a Dane. A sign of self-inflicted isolation, indeed. We welcome the brave 5% who accept intermarriage—they are true pioneers for peaceful co-existence and human contact across cultures. However, the new Danish government has made it extremely difficult for Danish citizens to bring a foreign spouse to Denmark. The ruling opinion obviously is that intermarriage should be avoided.
|Both protest our conclusion that Muslims "make up a majority of the country's convicted rapists," saying that because Danish statistics do not correlate religion with crime, this assertion "is without any basis in fact." Statistics Denmark does, however, produce numbers on immigrants from Third World countries and their descendants, which it reports makes up 5% of the population; and it is known that Muslims make up four-fifths of this element. The latest police figures show that 76.5% of convicted rapists in Copenhagen belong to that 5% of the population, and from that we drew our understated conclusion.|
Our critics then sow confusion about the word "welfare." We wrote in English for an English-speaking readership, and used "welfare" in the conventional English sense of meaning public assistance in the form of cash or food stamps—not in the Danish sense of including "housing, transport, homecare, early retirement, protected workplaces, daycare and other smaller schemes" as mentioned by the two politicians.
As for the numbers involved, former Socialist spokeswoman for immigration and integration Ritt Bjerregaard has leaked figures from an unpublished study showing that in 1999, the 5% of the Danish population made up of Third World immigrants received 35% of all welfare payments (Danish: kontanthjaelp). This percentage is higher today and therefore we wrote that that 5% consumes "upwards of 40% of the welfare spending."
Both MPs may not believe Danish Jews are threatened but the Jewish population itself believes it is under siege. This obliviousness of Ms. Arnold and Ms. Nielsen is part of a larger problem, whereby they have long been among the most vocal cheerleaders of massive immigration and completely blind to the problems this creates. Unfortunately for them, Danish voters do see the problems and threw their coalition out of office last November.
I don't know about this "unpublished study", but the crime figures are reasonable.
Now what about Sweden? Let's look at Malmo, with one of the (if not the) highest concentrations of Muslims in Europe:
|Ali Dashti has been kindly supplying us with information about the situation in Sweden for some time. Now the larger -- if not mainstream -- media is catching on. From a FoxNews commentary:|
Now in Malmo, Sweden, a city where a quarter of the population is Muslim, there are some parts of the city where buses refuse to go for fear of safety. Fireman, policemen, and ambulance drivers have been attacked in certain sections when trying to do their job. Swedes, though, are not an easy soundbite, perhaps because they are so thoughtful. They try to see things from every side. We went out with a policeman on patrol and spoke to him while he was walking around in the dangerous part of town. At one point I stopped him and said, "How does it feel to you, personally, when you come here trying to do your job, trying to help someone, and people throw rocks at you?" His response was that it was "a little annoying." Annoying. I imagined what kind of a colorful response I could have gotten from a New York policeman.
Here's some anecdotal evidence.
|Numbers released in January 2005 indicate a sharp rise in the number of rape charges in Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city:|
Thomas Anderberg, responsible for statistics at the Malmö Police, says there was a doubling of the number of reported rapes by ambush in 2004, following what was already a decade of steadily increasing numbers of sexual crimes. - I think that’s great news, says Anna Gustafsson, head of the Domestic Violence Unit at the Malmö Police. She suggests that the increase is due to the fact that women who otherwise wouldn’t press charges for rape now choose to contact the police.
In other words, Gustafsson claims that we are dealing with a “technical” increase, not a real one. However, national statistics reveal that reported rapes against children have almost doubled in Sweden during the past ten years:
According to Swedish Radio on Tuesday, statistics from Sweden’s National Council for Crime Prevention show that the number of reported rapes against children is on the rise. The figures have nearly doubled in the last ten years: 467 rapes against children under the age of 15 were reported in 2004 compared with 258 in 1995. Legal proceedings continue this week in a case involving a 13 year old girl from Motala who was said to have been subjected to a group rape by four men. (Note: These four men were Kurdish Muslims, who raped the girl for hours and even took photos of doing so)
The number of rape charges per capita in Malmö is 5 – 6 times that of Copenhagen, Denmark. Copenhagen is a larger city, but the percentage of immigrants is much lower. And it’s not just the rape statistics that reveal a scary increase in Malmö or Sweden. Virtually every kind of violent crime is on the rise. Robberies have increased with 50 % in Malmö only during the fall of 2004. Threats against witnesses in Swedish court cases have quadrupled between 2000 and 2003. During the past few decades, massive immigration has changed the face of Sweden’s major cities, as well as challenged the viability of the welfare state. In 1970 Sweden had the fourth highest GDP per capita among developed countries with income about 6% above the OECD average. By 1997 it was at fifteenth place with an average GDP per capita 14% below average. Malmö has a heavy concentration of Muslim immigrants in particular. According to some estimates, it will be a Muslim majority city in no more then 10 years. Crime is rampant in the growing ghettos:
Becirov runs the Islamic Center of Malmö, on the outskirts of Sweden's third-largest city. Some immigrant neighborhoods in the city have (official) unemployment rates exceeding 50 percent. Swedish authorities have failed to lift up the area, and seem to be giving the Islamic Center of Malmö a great deal of leeway in attempting to do so. An article that appeared in 2003 noted that "a few" of the 6-to 10-year-old girls were wearing headscarves. On a visit in January 2005, fully 80 percent were covered in class--only a handful were not. In a fit of absent-mindedness, Sweden has suddenly become as heavily populated by minorities as any country in Europe. The percentage of foreign-born is roughly equivalent to the highest percentage of immigrants the United States ever had in its history (on the eve of World War I). Rosengård appears to be all-immigrant. The public schools have virtually no ethnically Swedish children. There are stories--familiar in other parts of Europe where immigrants from the Muslim world have recently settled--of students harassing Jewish teachers and defacing textbooks that treat Jewish themes. Crime is high.
Is it unfair and “racist” to suggest a link between the influx of Muslim immigrants and the growing number of rapes? Not if we compare with the situation in neighboring Denmark, where this trend has been evident for years:
Criminologist: immigrants are rape champions
If one leading expert is to be believed, the sharp rise in the number of rapes in this over the last 5 years is largely attributable to a group of unemployed and alienated immigrants. 'Over the last 5-10 years there has an increasing tendency to marginalise and alienate immigrants,' says Professor Flemming Balvig, a criminologist at Copenhagen University. 'As a result, many second generation immigrants have reacted against this through various types of criminal activity, including rape.'
Muslim rape concern
Alarmed at last week's police statistics, which revealed that in 68% of all rapes committed this year the perpetrator was from an ethnic minority, leading Muslim organisations have now formed an alliance to fight the ever-growing problem of young second and third-generation immigrants involved in rape cases against young Danish girls.
As Robert Spencer has demonstrated, rape can indeed be linked to Islamic teachings of Jihad, and even to the example of Muhammad himself, his Sunna. Above all, it is connected to Islamic notions of the role of women in society, and their behaviour in the public sphere. An Islamic Mufti in Copenhagen sparked a political outcry after publicly declaring that women who refuse to wear headscarves are "asking for rape." Apparently, he isn’t the only Muslim in Europe to think this way:
The German journalist Udo Ulfkotte told in a recent interview that in Holland, you can now see examples of young, unveiled Moroccan women with a so-called "smiley". It means that the girl gets one side of her face cut up from mouth to ear, serving as a warning to other Muslim girls who should refuse to wear the veil. In the Muslim suburb of Courneuve, France, 77 per cent of the veiled women carry veils reportedly because of fear of being harassed or molested by Islamic moral patrols.
Hijab, the Islamic veil, is thus not ”just a piece of cloth”. It serves as a demarcation line between proper, submissive Muslim women and whores, un-Islamic women who deserve no respect and are asking for rape. The veil should more properly be viewed as the uniform of a Totalitarian movement, and a signal to attack those outside the movement. Judged in the light of the Mufti who said that women who don’t wear it are asking for rape, how on earth can the veil be said to be about ”choice”? The freedom to choose not to be raped if you dress in a normal fashion in your own country? Is that what freedom is about in Europe in 2005?
Even though Sweden, unlike Denmark, has almost no public debate about immigration, frustration is very much present underneath the surface. 75 % of Swedes think that many people in their country “dislike” Muslims, more than in any other European nation surveyed. Even in Holland, which recently witnessed violent clashes with Muslims after the murder of Islam-critic Theo van Gogh, the rate is lower than in Sweden. But you’re not supposed to talk about such issues in Sweden. That would be “racist”:
Swedish laws prohibiting "hate speech" against racial minorities have been vigorously enforced. There have, for example, been a number of gang-rapes of Swedish women by Muslim immigrants. But Swedes must be careful what they say about them. On May 25, neo-Nazi Bjorn Bjorkqvist was convicted and sentenced to two months in prison for writing, "I don’t think I am alone in feeling sick when reading about how Swedish girls are raped by immigrant hordes." ["Jag tror inte jag är ensam om att må dåligt när jag läser om hur svenska tjejer har våldtagits av invandrarhorder"]
All in all, we must say that there is strong circumstantial evidence indicating that the rise in rape charges in the city of Malmö could very well be real, which puts the Malmö Police assertion that this is “great news” in a rather curious light. And the problem is not just limited to Sweden. It exists in Norway, too:
Rape charges in the capital are spiraling upwards, 40 percent higher from 1999 to 2000 and up 13 percent so far this year. Police Inspector Gunnar Larsen of Oslo's Vice, Robbery and Violent crime division says the statistics are surprising - the rising number of rape cases and the link to ethnic background are both clear trends. But Larsen does not want to speculate on the reasons behind the worrying developments. While 65 percent of those charged with rape are classed as coming from a non-western background, this segment makes up only 14.3 percent of Oslo's population. Norwegian women were the victims in 80 percent of the cases, with 20 percent being women of foreign background.
|The population of Malmo as a whole is about 25% immigrant or the children of immigrants, primarily from Bosnia, Iraq (especially Kurdish areas), North Africa and Turkey. These immigrants are concentrated in old housing in the suburban ring around the city center. There are few jobs there. The student body in some of the schools is nearly 100% immigrant, drawing very heavily from countries that are predominantly Muslim. Last September, Swedish newspapers reported that bus service in a Stockholm suburb similar to Malmo's was suspended in response to violent attacks.|
This was reported in a dramatic way by Fox. But you can read a similar account of the school situation in this dry report of a visit by Spanish educators to the Malmo suburban schools in 2003.
The WaPo notes:
But the biggest problem in Malmo, and in other parts of Sweden, is what people here call "ghettoization": White Swedes typically live in certain areas, in this case the city center, while immigrants are increasingly clustered on the outskirts in their own communities. As Hosseinkhah put it: "People physically live in this area, but they mentally live in their former countries." "They don't feel they are a part of this community," he said. "They don't know this society. They don't know the codes. . . . There's that feeling of 'we' and 'them.' "
This ghettoization is only growing worse as the demographic makeup of Sweden changes. Ove Sernhede, a Swedish scholar, wrote back in 1990
Marginalised groups have during the last two decades been forming ghettos all over Europe. In Sweden this development is related to the rapid changes in economy and society during the last 5 to 10 years. The Swedish ghettoisation is most visible in the modern multi-ethnic suburbs outside the highly segregated big cities. Along with Moss Side (Manchester), Bobigny (Paris), Gutleutviertel (Hamburg) we can today also list Angered (Gothenburg), Rinkeby (Stockholm) and Rosengard (Malmo). In Gothenburg, to give one example, there are many areas where 75-95 of the population (neighbourhoods with of 5-10 000 people) are immigrants, the city is one of the most segregated in Europe.... The parliamentary committee on 'big city conditions' recently presented statistics about the 'exposed urban districts' - more than 50 of the children between 0-6 years of age have unemployed parents, in Gothenburg social entitlements increased by 100 between 1990 and 1993, the unemployment for certain 'exposed' ethnic minorities are more that 90 . - etc., etc. These circumstances have put Sweden more or less into a state of shock.
The problem of unassimilated immigrants in Sweden, mostly from Muslim countries, is especially acute because of differences in birth / arrival rates. As an official brochure notes:
There are 0.9 million young Swedes [out of a total population of 8.9 million - rkb] aged between 16 and 24 today, and by about 2010 the figure is expected to exceed a million. The majority of these young people were born in Sweden and have Swedish nationality. 10 per cent of them have one Swedish and one foreign parent. A further 10 per cent were born abroad, and of these 5 per cent still retain their foreign nationality. After Swedish the most common nationalities are Finnish, Bosnian, Iraqui, Turkish, Yugoslavian and Somalian. This means that slightly more than one young person in five living in Sweden was born abroad his/herself or has at least one parent who was.
At this point 2 out of every 3 new Swedes is from a non-ethnically-Swedish ancestry.
But what about Oslo, Norway?
This study indicates that the largest non-Western immigrant groups in Oslo are from mostly Muslim countries (see figure 2, and note the exception!). So I stand behind my original stats -- unless it is those small Vietnamese men that are targeting those large Nordic women and calling them "whore"! And why are so many Swedish girls dying their blonde hair so they won't be targeted for rape? Doesn't sound like Asian rapists to me.....
Dey can't 'andle my riddim.