Malmö mayor: time to try 'temporary' citizenship
Social Democrat Malmö mayor Ilmar Reepalu's proposal to combat criminality by deporting new Swedish citizens who commit serious crimes has been slammed by party colleagues as "pure racism".
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“I believe this should be applied more often; that more active criminals who are not Swedish citizens should be deported,” said Reepalu to the Sydsvenskan newspaper.
During the spring, the problems in Seved grew more extreme and a massive police surveillance programme was initiated. But lately the problems have returned.
Postal workers in the area now carry a personal alarm and many residents say they don't dare go out at night.
A gang of young men has been identified as responsible for the violence and disruption.
“We cannot have a society where children who are struggling in school see these young men leading a criminal lifestyle and controlling the whole area just because everyone is afraid of them,” said Reepalu.
With the high police presence in the area during spring, crime decreased by 25 percent.
Now Reepalu is calling for a larger effort by the police.
According to police superintendent Henrik Stiernblad, police presence is already high although he told TT that there are plans to increase it even further.
“We must acknowledge the fact that there are individuals in the area who believe they can commit a crime without any repercussions,” he told Sydsvenskan.
Reepalu also wants to introduce a type of temporary citizenship for new immigrants as a way to curb crime.
“A model where it is relatively quick to gain Swedish citizenship, but which entails a few years’ probationary period in which someone who commits a serious crime doesn’t yet have protection against deportation,” Reepalu told the TT news agency.