Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Trump Comments Put Focus on Sweden's Embrace of Immigrants

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Trump Comments Put Focus on Sweden's Embrace of Immigrants

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HELSINKI * When a riot broke out in a predominantly immigrant Stockholm suburb this week, the biggest surprise for many Swedes was that a police officer found it necessary to fire his gun.

For President Donald Trump and his supporters, however, the episode appeared to confirm Trump's vague observation two days earlier that the Scandinavian country was at risk of becoming a breeding ground for extremist attacks.

It's true that Sweden, which prides itself on welcoming newcomers, is seeing a new kind of urban unrest. The combination of the country's open-door policy and comparatively heterogeneous culture has led to friction, especially in areas where many longtime immigrants feel powerless.

Yet its problems with crime, poverty and violence are no greater and potentially much less than in the United States and other countries with home-grown gangs as well as waves of new arrivals and Trump's focus on Sweden has left many people there puzzled. …

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