Young Afghans in Sweden

Young Afghans in Sweden, by Bruce Bawer.

There exists an organization Sweden that goes by the name “Young in Sweden”, which Radio Sweden has described as “one of the most notable protest movements in the country right now.” It is not just any group of young people — its members are from Afghanistan. …

The Young in Sweden website describes the group’s members by first begging for pity — explaining how tough it is to be a refugee and how desperately these young people long to make a lasting home in Sweden and contribute to the country’s future. It portrays them, in the American parlance, as “Dreamers.”

But in a way familiar to observers of the Islamic incursion into the West, the plea for sympathy abruptly gives way to something more aggressive. The group issues a series of what it explicitly calls “demands.” First, it demands that Sweden stop returning to Afghanistan those Afghans whose asylum requests have been rejected. Second, it demands a meeting with Mikael Ribbenvik, Secretary General of the Swedish Migration Agency. Third, it demands that politicians pass laws granting amnesty and residence permits to Afghan refugee claimants.

To be sure, Young in Sweden does not just make demands. It holds illegal public protests, which have been marked by acts of vandalism and violence. It also arranges language courses. Swedish language courses for Afghans? No — courses in Persian and Dari for native Swedes. The group’s Facebook page describes these courses as an “integration project,” explaining that as Afghans become part of Swedish society, Swedes need to “take responsibility to be a part of that society as well.” Which is to say that if native-born Swedes wish to be full members of the new Swedish society, they must learn Persian and Dari. …

In October, at a demonstration against the return of rejected Afghan refugee-claimants to Afghanistan, a Swedish man dared to ask [the head of Young in Sweden, a young woman named Fatima Khawari] why she and her fellow refugees wanted to stay in Sweden instead of returning to their own country and helping to build it up. “I do not want to,” Khawari replied with a laugh. When the man responded that she did not belong in Sweden while he did, Khawari retorted: “You belong nowhere.”She added that while he was the face of hatred, she was the face of love, and had every bit as much right to be in Sweden as he did.

So there. Know your place, kaffir. These fools know their place:

Unsurprisingly, the left-wing Swedish establishment has embraced Young in Sweden and Khawari.

In October, the Left Party and its youth wing, the Young Left, awarded Young in Sweden their Anita D’Orazio Prize, which includes a cash sum of 10,000 kronor (approximately USD $1,500). On January 15, Khawari herself won the Martin Luther King Award from the Swedish Christian Council, an umbrella group that includes virtually all of the Christian denominations and Christian organizations in Sweden, including the Church of Sweden, the Syrian Orthodox Church, the Russian Orthodox Church, Catholic Pentecostalists, the Christian Peace Movement, and the Swedish Christian Council. Khawari accepted the prize, which includes 25,000 kronor (USD $3,100) in cash, at a ceremony held in a Stockholm church.

Only a few days before the latter prize was presented, it was reported that Muhammed Hussaini, an Afghan refugee who had participated in protests by Young in Sweden and who, last August, had tried to murder a Stockholm policeman at one such event, was an acquaintance of Khawari, and that she had, in fact, arranged for his legal representation. Asked about this ticklish detail, Karin Viborn, head of the Swedish Christian Council, described the murder attempt as an “accident.”

The immediate financial cost to native Swedes:

Every young Afghan refugee costs Sweden’s taxpayers a million kroner (USD $125,000) a year. When Putilov asked Khawari how she felt about all that money being diverted from healthcare and other services, causing people to die of cancer because of ever-lengthening waiting times for life-saving surgery, she cut off the interview, saying she had no further time to answer questions.

The future?

One last fact about Khawari: she has said that her goal is to become Prime Minister of Sweden. Given the way in which the leftist establishment has embraced her, it hardly seems a pipe dream.

Sweden is dying.