More migrants have sought asylum in Sweden so far this year than in any other in the nation’s history. The new figures were revealed just days after the ruling left-wing coalition fell apart and the Prime Minister confessed Sweden was in political turmoil, making an election likely.
“Higher levels than in 1992, I think. We had a lot of ex Yugoslavians coming then. Now we are at a higher pace even,” said Kent Ekeroth, a Sweden Democrat member of the Riksdag, in an exclusive statement to Breitbart London.
“With the current rate we are talking about 700 000 immigrants per year, which in no time will transform Sweden into something that is not Sweden,” he added.
The figures do indeed surpass the previous record set in 1992, when 84,016 people sought asylum in the Scandinavian country following the Balkans war and subsequent break up of Yugoslavia.
The figures emerge just days after Prime Minister Stefan Löfven announced the nation was struggling to cope and would be housing migrants in tents.
“Sweden is preparing for a crisis situation,” the Social Democrat leader told a press conference in Stockholm on Friday. “Our focus is now on [providing] an organised reception. First of all, to ensure there is accommodation. The standards are being lowered.”
Mr. Ekeroth’s concerns extend beyond the welfare of the migrants alone, to the rest of the country.
“We will import conflict, corruption, violence and poverty. We will limit where we can go and where we can enjoy our country,” warns Mr. Ekeroth.
“Already the media have reported, too little too late, about violence at our libraries and at our bathhouses where “youth gangs” (a badly disguised way of saying immigrants) are terrorizing regular citizens,” he continued.
“So, this is the worst situation Sweden has ever been in I would say.”
Sweden’s ruling left-wing ‘December Alliance’ coalition – lead by Mr. Löfven – has come under increased criticism for its perceived negligence in matters of policy relating to the migrant crisis, and lack of concern for the long-term difficulties posed by such a rapid influx.
On the 20th of August it was revealed that the Sweden Democrats had surged to become the country’s largest party, with support polling at 25 per cent.
This weekend the December Alliance unexpectedly fell apart following a budget dispute. In a written statement on Friday night Mr. Löfven confessed:
“Sweden is facing some of the toughest challenges in modern times. The crisis in schools, high unemployment and the refugee crisis must be addressed forcefully.”
Prime Minister Löfven will now be forced to rule with a minority government. It is increasingly likely that a snap election will be called, which could benefit Mr. Ekeroth’s Sweden Democrats who are still riding high in the polls.