“The Resources Will Not Last”

The following documentary appeared recently on Dutch television. It examines the consequences of Sweden’s new migration policy, which has thrown the door open to any and all refugees from the Syrian civil war who want to come to Sweden.

What makes this report interesting is that at least one member of the governing class — not representing the Sweden Democrats or any other “Islamophobic” party, but a party that is part of the current government — offers some tentative but candid observations about Sweden’s inability to absorb all these immigrants, or pay for their upkeep.

Many thanks to SimonXML for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling. Note: some of the English portions of the audio were translated from the Dutch subtitles, and therefore are not a word-for-word match for what people in the video are saying:


00:00   And now part two of the series “Destination Europe”.
00:04   Throughout Europe, and in the Netherlands, there is heavy discussion about taking in Syrians,
00:08   while in Sweden every Syrian refugee is welcomed with open arms.
00:12   And the consequence is that tens of thousands of desperate Syrians are now trying
00:16   to reach Sweden, but can the country offer all those people a future?
00:20   And not tear Swedish society apart?
00:24   A report from our Europe correspondent, Saskia Dekkers.
00:44   Sjorgarden,
00:48   a brand new refugee centre in the south of Sweden.
00:52   It is 3.30 in the afternoon, cold, and already dark. A week ago
00:56   a large group of Syrians arrived, exhausted and without any belongings.
01:00   They are still stunned at having left their country.
01:04   I decided to leave Syria because I had absolutely nothing left.
01:08   Our house had been destroyed.
01:12   There is nothing left.
01:16   I had lost my job and, as you know, there is war.
01:20   The street where we lived
01:24   has been completely destroyed.
01:28   It’s impossible to live there any longer. The Syrians
01:32   are accommodated here as well as possible with new clothes and meals
01:36   They are remarkably well educated. They could raise the 6,000 euros
01:40   to travel via difficult smuggler’s routes to Sweden.
01:44   It was very hard. We came through Turkey
01:48   and there are a lot of people who lie and
01:52   steal money and everything
01:56   they can take.
02:00   Actually we are, I think, five, six percent
02:04   of all the people who are coming because
02:08   it is very difficult to come here.
02:12   We are here and we are happy, and we are gaining
02:16   weight because we are happy here and we are relaxed but
02:20   on the way it was … you know … Maybe if you had
02:24   interviewed us twenty days ago you wouldn’t see
02:28   people even smiling. It was very hard.
02:36   All Syrian refugees who reach the border here
02:40   are given a permanent residence permit; 83,000 Syrians this year alone
02:44   and next year maybe 100,000.
02:48   In the city of Södertälje, half of the population were born in Iraq
02:52   or Syria. The refugee centre is considered to be a
02:56   a humanitarian duty. The situation in Syria is horrible.
03:00   We’re looking, we are watching something
03:04   that could be described as a holocaust, so the attitude is
03:08   welcoming. We have to give these refugees shelter,
03:12   from a humanitarian point of view. But for some
03:16   towns it’s a heavy burden. The refugees can decide for themselves
03:20   where they want to live, and that is often in districts with a lot of compatriots.
03:24   It’s a lot of pressure and we think it would be better
03:28   if every city could accept responsibility
03:32   for the refugee situation. This is not good for everyone.
03:36   The housing is the main issue;
03:40   you always stay with another family or with two or three other families
03:44   living in an apartment. Gently —
03:48   You do not have to
03:52   do everything on your own.
04:00   The “volksuniversiteit” in the city. Here, volunteers help
04:04   the Syrians with their Swedish language.
04:08   Metal. Hammer. Nail.
04:12   Screw?
04:16   Screw. Yes, screw.
04:20   I know that there are more and more of them
04:24   but we have increased the number and it’s going fine.
04:28   We Swedish have to learn to deal with immigrants,
04:32   but maybe Södertälje can’t take so many more.
04:36   We have to distribute them better.
04:41   It is great to be here. Sweden is the finest country in Europe.
04:45   That’s what I think.
04:49   And this man, Lennart, has become kind of family for me.
04:53   Sweden is a family.
04:57   I am happy, very, very happy.
05:01   But the cost of housing refugees
05:05   is getting so out of hand that the Swedish balance of payments
05:09   has to be increased by several million. Tenuous doubts
05:13   are beginning to surface about whether the welfare state is at risk. In his book, the social democrat
05:17   Johan Westerholm warns his own party, which is part of the government,
05:21   the whole Swedish welfare system is
05:25   founded on full employment and we are moving
05:29   to a situation where we already an 8% unemployment rate,
05:33   and we add to that a large number of refugees.
05:37   If we are going to provide the same health care
05:41   and welfare for all Swedish taxpayers and the
05:45   and citizens as well as the refugees, the resources
05:49   will not last. I kind of hate that when you count,
05:53   when you talk about numbers all the time, or costs,
05:57   or things like that, because it’s people running away from war, from death,
06:01   from everything. This is 2014 and we
06:05   should be helping each other. It’s not possible at the moment to discuss numbers,
06:09   and I think that’s pretty awkward. It’s like trying to describe
06:13   the weather without mentioning the words “sun”, “flowers” or “temperature”
06:17   We end up, we have to end up discussing numbers
06:21   and how we handle
06:25   the amount. Giving out food and clothing
06:29   is not a problem, but can Sweden offer a future,
06:33   studies and work for 100,000 refugees? They have hope
06:37   and expectations. I really want to include myself in the society,
06:41   and I really want to build it as
06:45   human, because I have to feel that
06:49   somebody needs me, so I
06:53   that’s why I felt like I can do this in Sweden,
06:57   that’s why I came here. Sweden may be
07:01   a good country to live in or study
07:05   and live a normal life with good people
07:09   and no war.
07:13   Far away from the war. The realistic situation is that we are not
07:17   going to be able to keep our promises
07:21   We’re not; we are lacking in labour, integration.
07:25   We’re lacking in education in the Swedish language,
07:29   and we’re lacking in translating
07:33   the degrees. Westerholm fears
07:37   that there will be 10,000 unemployed refugees and all the associated frustration,
07:41   and he thinks that the confidence of the Swedish electorate
07:45   in the refugee policy is shrinking. And if we lack in confidence now
07:49   in our system there are other consequences of that,
07:53   where people might not be willing to pay tax in that
07:57   city, and move towards political extremes —
08:01   they want to lock people out —
08:05   with a growing sense of racism in Sweden.
08:09   The social democrats hope that the taboo
08:13   can be broken and that a discussion follows concerning how many refugees
08:17   Sweden can allow in the years to come.

11 thoughts on ““The Resources Will Not Last”

  1. Maybe it is time to direct more focus on the cr@phole countries they come from.

    They are all failed states run by brigands and outlaws that can only loot and destroy wherever they infest.

    Civilization has passed them by and they cannot find the wherewithal to make their societies function and ‘western’ countries represent, as it has for a tad, the greatest honeypot in history.

    They are locusts.

    • Why not create yet another dysfunctional moslem-arab state…one intent on genocidal destruction of its Jewish neighbor? European INSANITY (of the antisemitic variety)!

      • Self righteous so-and-so’s aren’t they? European politicians are so up their own you-know-whats they miss just about everything – except their own self-interest. Still, I suppose when you’ve got your head up your… what else is there to focus on?

    • “One would not be altogether surprised to learn that the European Union had sent lobbyists to Washington to have Euroscepticism included in the forthcoming revised version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association as a new diagnostic category.”

      Dalrymple (Daniels) didn’t provide any reference/proof for this. Any confirmation evidence out there?


    If you are in Malmö and lack local knowledge and need to ask directions, it is appropriate to start your queation to another person, who obviously is not colored, about how to find the destination xy, with:

    – Do you speak Swedish?

    In 3 cases of 4, you get
    1. a negative answer;
    2. a dismissive grunt in reply;
    3. only ignoring silence in response.
    In the street environment, the proportion of foreigners is overrepresented, probably because these individual’s lack of work and their home country entrained accustomed to preferentially reside in a street environment.
    Only pure Swedes lack roof over their heads.

    Statistically / mathematically according to Malmö Municipality’s own presentation there are 312.994 registered domiciled inhabitants in Malmö. Of these, 97.320 were born abroad and 34.270 have both parents born abroad;
    sum 131.590 people of foreign origin.

    The percentage is 42%;.

    the corresponding figure for Stockholm is 31%;
    and for Gothenburg 32%.
    To these figures must be added the numbers of all those who illegally are residing in resp. city.

    Proportion of school-aged children (6-15) in Malmö with a foreign background 48%.

    Shall, as soon as this figure exceeds 50% Swedish become another home language and Arabic, the new mother tongue?

  3. P.J. O’Rourke once likened filing an annual tax return in Sweden to getting a divorce every year – and that was before mass middle eastern immigration.

    The video mentioned the embargo on discussing numbers of immigrants. Is this democracy?

  4. I always wondered why the Jews and others went so quietly to the gas chambers. Except for Warsaw they just got on board. I don’t ask that question any more. Fear and PC propaganda and multiculturalism guarantees a future of past battles from Vienna Street to Poitier Lane. Ignorance is bliss but it always eventually tales its toll.

  5. Well this is what the Swedes want, isn’t it? If not the Swedes, who did vote for the policies currently ruining the country?

  6. The lady and guy from Syria sound sincerely grateful for the opportunity to stay in Sweden. But the problem starts with the second generation. They feel entitled to have the same living standards as the average Swede, which is of course impossible. They throw gratitute out of the window and despise their protectors, with the help of those nice imams.

    • No. The problem doesn’t start with the second generation. The problem lies in the thinking that allows the first generation en-masse right of residence.

      Mass immigration cannot help but result in the establishment of alien camps within our midst. And just to make sure it does, the prevailing ethos is 100% behind it – their multiculturalism encourages it.

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