At the height of the influx of immigrants into Europe in 2014-15, Sweden, with a population of approximately 10 million, accepted 244,178 asylum seekers – by far the highest per capita rate among all the EU Member States. Since then, the rate of violent crime has skyrocketed, particularly in cases of sexual assault.
Swedish police have defined more than 50 areas with large immigrant populations that are “marked by crime, social unrest, and insecurity.” Of these, 23 have been classified as “particularly sensitive,” or what critics of migration call “no-go zones,” where even the police struggle to operate.
In addition to the high incidence of drug trafficking and gang violence, residents complain that these areas are virtually colonized by immigrants whose cultures conflict with Swedish values. Many Swedes and immigrants who have been in the country for a long period of time have begun commenting that Sweden no longer seems to be Sweden.
But now, some people who are fed up with what they see as the inaction of the authorities have taken matters into their own hands. They have begun organizing groups called “Odin’s Soldiers,” which patrol the most blighted areas of the country. They are sometimes called vigilantes or even racists, but these groups say that they simply want to be able to live in their own country as they did before the start of the migrant crisis.