In an interview with Eesti Päevaleht on Thursday, Estonia's interior minister, Ken-Marti Vaher, said that the riots currently engulfing Stockholm are the result of recent migration.
“The cause of the riots are rooted in immigration policy. If communities with different language and cultural background have trouble integrating into society, fertile ground for conflicts between natives and immigrants is born,” Vaher told the daily.
He added that risk analysis shows that similar riots are unlikely to break out in Estonia, and that the 2007 rampage - the country's most recent - was due to the removal of the Bronze soldier.
The minister said that Estonia has taken measures to prevent Muslim extremists from settling here, adding that there are few Muslims in Estonia and the country thus lacks a magnet for these kinds of communities.
Vaher said that Estonia has yet to overcome the integration problems resulting from Soviet-era immigration, adding that he is positive that the new generation can better integrate into society and are presumably loyal to the Estonian nation.
Sweden's capital has been immersed in riots for four nights after the police shot dead an elderly man who had allegedly threatened to kill them. The riots began in an suburb where 80 percent of inhabitants are from an immigrant background, mostly from Turkey, the Middle East and Somalia, BBC reported on Thursday.
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