The recent wave of asylum immigration from Muslim countries to Sweden has coincided with a tenfold increase in Islamist extremists identified by the country’s security forces.
Sweden’s Security Police SÄPO have so far identified 200 people among “new arrivals” who can pose a threat to the Scandinavian country. This discovery is based on automatic data obtained from the Swedish Migration Board, Swedish Radio reported.
Since July 2017, the Swedish Migration Board has been automatically forwarding certain data, including names, citizenship and date of birth, on all immigrants seeking residence permits in Sweden to SÄPO. The idea of this automatic procedure is to find individuals who could pose a threat to the country. By the end of May 2018, SÄPO had received data on 190,000 individuals.
“The focus right now, and especially with the applicant groups we have, is on counter-terrorism, so it’s about people who have manifested or have been suspected to manifest any threat of political violence in different ways,” Oskar Ekblad, the head of information analysis at the Swedish Migration Board told Swedish Radio.
The Swedish Migration Board also performs in-depth investigations of its own, where newly arrived immigrants are asked questions about military service and political activity.
Since the beginning of 2017, the Swedish Migration Board has forwarded about 1,500 such cases to the Swedish Security Service. These investigations, however, tend to take place at a later stage…