A reader named MJ sent us an email this morning with some questions and a request for a discussion about Dearborn and Malmö.
Dearborn is a suburb of Detroit, Michigan, and one of the most thoroughly Islamized municipalities in the USA.
Malmö is the second-largest city in Sweden, and lies just across the Öresund from Copenhagen in the province of Skåne. Malmö, too, is heavily Islamized, and is currently experiencing a crime wave like none ever seen before in Sweden — murders, assaults, rapes, bombings, carbecues, robberies, and God knows what else.
I’ll offer my own take on the differences between the two cities, but first the questions from MJ:
I am wondering if you could start a thread asking the GoV community to explain the differences between Dearborn and Malmö. I was asked this question and did not have a good answer.
I am turning to you and your community because I am unaware of any other sources that might be interested in getting the facts straight on a sensitive question like this.
Dearborn: Population 95,000; roughly 20%-25% Muslim Malmö: Population 350,000; about 20%-25% Muslim
Despite some demographic similarities, the news reports of Muslim criminal activity in Malmö appear far worse than what we hear from Dearborn. Why?
Perhaps the media are biased:
- Is the media coverage the same?
- Is Dearborn (or parts thereof) a no-go zone like Malmö?
- Do Dearborn residents through molotov cocktails, rocks, etc., at police and fire services?
- What are the real statistics?
Maybe there are demographic differences:
- Do the national origins of the Muslims differ? How?
- Do the socio-economic status of Muslims in the two cities differ?
- Were recent Muslim immigrants better screened in the U.S. compared to Sweden?
Maybe there are substantive policy differences:
- Does the U.S. have a better model for assimilation than Sweden? How, exactly?
- More aggressive policing/intelligence in the U.S.?
Thanks in advance!
Off the top of my head, these are some of the differences between the two cities:
|1.||Muslim immigrants to Dearborn have been mostly Arabs. In contrast, Malmö is home to large contingents of Somalis and Afghans. Other ethnicities include Eritreans, Kosovars, Iraqis, and Syrians. So there are Arabs in the city, but they are not the dominant group.|
|2.||Until relatively recently, no Muslim immigrant would have arrived in Dearborn with the expectation of living the good life on welfare. We didn’t offer that option, so the Arab arrivals tended to get jobs or become entrepreneurs. Decades ago, if I’m not mistaken, there were substantial numbers of Arabs working in the auto factories. Those factories are mostly gone, so I don’t know what most of them do nowadays.
In contrast, immigrants to Malmö largely depend on the generous welfare benefits provided by the Swedish government. The latest statistics I’ve seen indicate that the vast majority of “persons with a migration background” in Malmö are unemployed — I believe the figure was 86%. And most of those are essentially unemployable in Sweden.
|3.||Laws against “hate speech” in Sweden are more draconian than those in the USA, so open and frank discussion about the issues in Malmö is fraught with difficulty. We have to tread carefully here, too — after all, David Wood was arrested in Dearborn for handing out Christian pamphlets on the street. His case was thrown out, and he won his lawsuit, but the chilling effect on free speech is still present.|
|4.||Policing is indeed more rigorous in the USA. Police in Sweden are usually unarmed, and operate under PC constraints far worse than anything American cops have to deal with. That may explain the lower crime rate in Dearborn; but then again, the fact that the city is mainly Arab, rather than Somali/Afghan, may have something to do with it. “Little Mogadishu” in Minneapolis is probably going to give Malmö a run for its money in another five or ten years.
I’ve never heard of any no-go zones in Dearborn, but openly Christian Americans have to be careful there, as was shown in past years by incidents during the Arab-American festival.
That’s all I can think of without doing additional research. Readers are welcome to add their own compare-and-contrast items in the comments.
A final note: Accurate statistics about the ethnic composition of Swedish cities are increasingly hard to come by. Nevertheless, I think the latest estimates of the Muslim population in Malmö put the number at something very close to 50%.