Donald Trump’s claims about Sweden might be exaggerated but they aren’t all lies
20 February 2017 • 5:16pm
Sweden approved legislation to tighten asylum regulations after the country had a record 160,000 asylum-seekers. Credit: Henrik Montgomery/ TT via AP/Henrik Montgomery/ TT via AP
Donald Trump asked the world to find out what happened in Sweden on Friday. The answer that came back? Not very much. Confusion about his claims quickly turned to ridicule as the White House clarified that Trump had been referring to rising crime and not a specific immigration related incident in Sweden. So is this just another example of our post-truth age in action? While Swedes have long prided themselves on their welcoming approach to refugees, Trump’s comments have hit on a kernel of truth about shifting attitudes to migration in Sweden.
The number of people applying for asylum in Sweden reached historically high levels in 2014…
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