Sorry to have to tell you, Michael Warden, Trump was very far from being right in his assertions that Sweden’s acceptance of refugees and immigrants has led to ‘assaults, rapes, arson and general lawlessness’ and Malmo becoming ‘the rape capital of Europe.’ (Lynn News, February 28).
Whatever Mr Warden has been told these assertions are not supported by the actual figures. Moreover the documentary from which Trump obtained his ‘facts’ was based on an earlier work by Ruth Alexander, of our own BBC, which gave the precise opposite.
Anyone who wishes to check this out can do so by going to a BBC World Service programme, ‘More or Less’, in which a furious Ms Alexander specifically condemns the views and figures as a complete misrepresentation of her work. Not least is that although recorded rape has risen in Sweden – the result of a changed system of reporting – the rise came five years before the country began taking immigrants.
All can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/worldserviceradio/programmes. Go to schedules, Click on ‘M’ in the alphabet shown, and then More or Less ‘What Happened Last Night in Sweden’.
How tragic that Sweden, a country which is a beacon of liberalism and care for the poor and dispossessed, should have been so maligned. I can only hope that both President Trump and Mr Warden have been misled.
Sally Turff, Queen Street, Lynn