Swedish far right set for action after storming win on welfare worry

reuters.com – 17/09/14
Shrugging off scandal and condemnation from their political rivals, the far right Sweden Democrats have more than doubled their vote to hold the balance of power in their country – cementing immigration worries into mainstream political debate. Such success for a party that included neo-Nazi supporters among its founders and wants immigration to be slashed by 90 percent has shocked people in Sweden who hitherto preferred to think of their country as the “humanitarian superpower” described by Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt.

That humanitarian generosity however has fed the rise of the far-right. Costs for asylum seekers including housing, language lessons and a welfare allowance totaled 1.5 percent of the country’s budget in 2013, the same year in which Sweden offered automatic residency to all refugees from the war in Syria Read More