BRÅ: Refugees not behind rise in reported sexual crimes

BRÅ: Refugees not behind rise in reported sexual crimes

There is an argument put forward by the far right in Sweden, that foreigners are more likely to commit sexual crimes than Swedes. This narrative has gained international recognition, not least by the #lastnightinsweden debate. In 2017, the National Council for Crime Prevention (BRÅ) was tasked by the government to investigate reported crimes between 2005-2017, and BRÅ published its report yesterday. Dagens Nyheter reports that the refugee crisis and the increased number of refugees arriving in Sweden in 2015 cannot explain the increase in reported sexual crimes. According to the report, #Metoo and increased media reporting on sexual offenses have led more people reporting sexual crimes. BRÅ found that the refugee situation may not have caused more than a small part of the increase. Stina Holmberg, a research and investigation adviser at BRÅ said “We saw no connection there. The municipalities that received many refugees sometimes had a reduction in sexual offenses and municipalities that received few refugees sometimes had a very strong increase in reported sex crimes.” Professor Jerzy Sarnecki at the Department for Criminology at Stockholm University commented, “We are not under the occupation of Muslim men who rape women.”