Refugees Will Cost Sweden $32.7 Billion This Year—“That’s Just Over $102,000 Per Refugee Per year. For Reference, The Average, Annual Income In Sweden Is $41,000 A Year.”

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     Sweden opened its doors to thus-far 318,000 Syrian refugees and/or migrants; the country will be spending an equivalent of $32.7 billion USD on their 2017 efforts—33 percent of their central-government annual budget (5.5 percent of their GDP). If the US were to do the same with equal proportions, the total-expenditure amount would be $1 trillion!

[Syrian refugees | Source:]

Within those costs, $8.7 billion are going toward the migrant crimes plaguing the country—hidden expenses their government wants to keep silent. These people aren’t benefiting Sweden’s economy. When refugees went there in 2015, only 500 found jobs.

When calculating how much the Syrian refugees are costing Sweden, here’s what’s known: 

From 2013 to present, Sweden has allowed 318,000 immigrants total into their country. Of the 10 million people who live there, two-million are immigrants. Because of public outcry, their government will be deporting around 80,000 migrants—but only $2.2 billion’s being spent on 2017 “migration” costs (a mysteriously small amount).

In actuality, the Swedish government isn’t exactly forthcoming about the true costs—they do this in an attempt to keep the country in order. (Lying by omission is still lying.)
Fortunately, thanks to private researchers, here are some attempts at filling those statistical gaps made by Sweden’s powers that be:

Assuming Sweden deports the given 80,000 people (each deportation costs roughly $37,000), that will be a total of $2.96 billion.

Sweden’s government drops around $17,000 annually on lodging, food, etc.—per adult migrant. With there being 181,000 adult migrants, that’s a total of $3.1 billion—50 percent over their budgeted, “migration” costs.

Because Sweden’s very giving to their migrant minors, subsidies come to $74,000 annually (food stipends, etc.). There are about 57,000 migrant children who cost Sweden $4.2 billion.

Sweden’s social-services costs aren’t cheap either—immigrants are privy to state-funded education, healthcare, etc. But the Swedish government omits migrant status from public statistics, so the total, financial headache’s a mystery. However, it’s known that $250,000 is spent on educating migrant youths. Given the aforementioned number of immigrant children, that’s a total of $14 billion annually.

[Anti-migration protesters at a rally in border-town Tornio (between Sweden & Finland) | Circa 2015 | Photo: AAP]

Thus far, the 2017 migration to Sweden is $22.46 billion.

Despite The Left claiming otherwise, these people are not “contributing to the economy.” Recall the 500, employed immigrants from 2015—that was out of 163,000 people who flocked to Sweden (they rely on state-provided handouts). Don’t be too shocked, as there’s a great deal of cultural and language barriers—many of them are without relevant, job skills too.

Undisclosed costs—the migrant-crime epidemic in Sweden:

Crime management is costly—law enforcement and judicial processes entail an unbelievable amount of money.

For those not in the know, Syrian refugees are the top contributors to crime in Sweden. Even 60 Minutes Australia came to believe this upon refugees brutally accosting the news crew:

[Video: courtesy of Face of A Dying Nation via CBS/60 Minutes Australia]

For Leftists still struggling to get over this hurdle, here are some statistics:

A Swedish, law enforcer attested to migrants being the major contributors to the country’s crime wave.

Sweden National Police Commissioner Dan Eliasson called for a minimum of 4,100 new full-time officers to help manage the influx of crime—costs equaling $160 million annually.

Swedish authorities have deemed 55 areas unsafe—“no-go” zones. These areas have 206,000 people living in them—migrant ghettos where Sharia law has replaced local authorities. (It probably wasn’t put to a vote either.)

Statistically and factually, migration is responsible for 95 percent of Sweden’s crime issues—the remaining five is attributed to an increase in natural population.

Additionally, these migrant-committed crimes are much more intense and severe than past instances. When looking at the following charts that plot the crime rate of immigrant/migrant men aged 15-44, serious crimes (red) have tripled since 2000—moderately serious crimes (yellow) have doubled. Less-serious crime doesn’t move much.


How much money’s lost on these crimes?

Economists Ingvar Nilsson and Anders Wadeskog actually tallied up the costs of various crimes—e.g., mugging ($22,000). Violent and/or sexual crimes average around $67,000. These amounts also include ambulances, ER operations, sick leave, social services for victims/the injured, police investigations, court fees, etc.

When calculating the high costs of migrant-related crimes, serious crimes total to an additional $6.5 billion—less-serious crimes total to an additional $2 billion ($8.7 billion total on an annual basis in Sweden). Add that to the aforementioned total—plus extra law-enforcement costs—and it comes to the grand total of $32.7 billion for 2017.

Rather than Sweden and the West wondering how to better manage the refugee crisis, maybe they should reconsider their current socio-political model (just a thought).

Sweden’s not the only one dealing with refugees. The US spent $190 billion on foreign aid—but there are 50,000 North American veterans on the streets.



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