After the rambling accusations peddled by Combover Crybaby Donald Trump at the weekend, claiming that something terrible was happening in Sweden, and even if it wasn’t terrorism, it was something bad connected to the numbers of refugees that the country had allowed in during the past two or three years, he was roundly ridiculed - but not by his faithful supporters, one of whom is Nigel “Thirsty” Farage.
Squeaky burning trousers finger up the bum time
The former UKIP Oberscheissenführer decided to use the platform inexplicably given him by broadcaster LBC to launch another of his man-of-the-people, just-telling-it-like-it-is diatribes to let people know that anywhere allowing these brown and non-Christian people through their doors is by definition going to hell in the proverbial handcart. And that meant Sweden was suffering a wave of sex crimes - especially rape.
“Sweden have taken more young male migrants than any other country in Europe”, he declared [not true]. “And there has been a dramatic rise in sexual crime in Sweden, so much so that Malmo is now the rape capital of Europe, and some argue, perhaps the rape capital of the world, and the Swedish media, frankly, just don’t report it”.
Farage backed this up with a Tweet claiming “Malmo in Sweden is the rape capital of Europe due to EU migrant policies. Anyone who says there isn't a problem is lying to you”. So there you have it. And, as so many times in the past, Farage is the one who’s lying.
Let’s take this nice and slowly. One, the decision to admit refugees - not migrants - was not taken by the EU. Two, the rape statistics for Sweden look worse than other countries, but this is because the country has a very broad definition of what constitutes rape, which makes the numbers look higher.
Three, it is possible to find stories to back up the “Rape capital of Europe” claim, but they all come from The Usual Suspects - the Daily Caller, Breitbart, and of course Fox News Channel (fair and balanced my arse).
A Vox report denounced the claims: “as fake as the Bowling Green massacre”. It went on to tell “Canadian reporter Doug Saunders rigorously investigated the narrative, and concluded that it ‘falls apart as soon as you speak to anyone knowledgeable in Sweden’ … ‘What we’re hearing is a very, very extreme exaggeration based on a few isolated events, and the claim that it’s related to immigration is more or less not true at all,’ Jerzy Sarnecki, a criminologist at Stockholm University, told Saunders … The so-called ‘rape epidemic’ is just something anti-immigrant campaigners have latched onto to justify their preexisting desire to shut the door on Muslim migration”.
And PolitiFact has observed “If we look specifically at sex offences, which the Fox News segment highlighted, there were 18,100 sex offenses reported to the police in 2015, down 11 percent from 2014, according to the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention … The number of rapes reported decreased 12 percent between 2014 and 2015”.
So, to continue the PolitiFact line, Farage once again has his Pants On Fire. The end.