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Swedish prime minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt stirs racist storm in a Statement

Tuesday, 15 May 2012
The Swedish Prime Minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt, has ignited a twitter storm following a statement he made during an interview with news agency TT.

It is felt that the PM is either under intense political pressure due to the resurgence of the Social Democrats in the face of persistently high unemployment in the country has had to say some things which some people misconstrued as racially inclined.

For this reason the PM said to TT on Monday that unemployment in Sweden is very low if you "look at the ethnic Swedes." This seems to have been interpreted that the high Swedish unemployment has been driven by either immigrants who are unemployable by the Swedish employers or Swedes of immigrant background that swell the unemployment numbers.

On twitter, there has been  reaction with some calling Reinfeldt to openly support the far right Sweden Democrats. Others call the statement racist inclining that the PM has had very little interest in assisting the non indigenous Swedes to get into the job market in a Swedish job market that is extremely discriminatory on racial lines.

In the interview in which the PM was questioned about the perception of growing unemployment in the country, the PM said that “it is incorrect to describe Sweden as in a situation of mass unemployment. If you look at the ethnic Swedes, we have very low unemployment,” said Reinfeldt.

So is the PM just pointing out something that he can not do as the head of the country or what? The issue that immigrant – looking  Swedes are leading the unemployment table is nothing new but should the PM talk like some one seeking to carry out some forms of integration in the country’s work force? Just asking!
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