May 27, 2013

The other side of Sweden

What's behind riots that have shaken the country?

A bystander checks the debris around a row of burnt-out cars in the Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby after youths rioted in several different suburbs around Stockholm for a fourth consecutive night, 23 May 2013. (EPA/FREDRIK SANDBERG)

Sparked by the death of an immigrant man, protests in Sweden have spread, turning violent and destructive. The country has long been considered a haven of equality and generous social welfare, but ongoing riots have many examining just how integrated the country is. They’ve also exposed unemployment and discontent among the country’s immigrant youth.  Is Sweden’s model of multiculturalism and open borders broken?  

In this episode of The Stream, we speak to:

Trita Parsi @tparsi
President, National Iranian-American Council 

Stefan Jonsson
Professor, Linkoping University
Nathan Hamelberg @NathanHamelberg
Founding Member, Mellanforskapet “The Betweenship”
Sara Skyttedal @skyttedal
National Chairman, Young Christian Democrats
Sara Bessa @SaraBessas
Member, StreetGaris Network

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