Homes for hundreds of thousands of immigrants?
Sweden has a uniquely generous immigration policy. Everybody who claims to be from Syria, and can produce at least a semicoherent story during the brief interview with the Immigration Bureau, is automatically granted permanent residence (the story-telling is important, since 89% of asylum seekers have no ID.)
They may then bring their entire family along, which is also guaranteed a lifetime of full welfare; their support immediately become the responsibility of the state, not the family member who brought them to Sweden.
As you may suspect, this generosity, coupled with an almost child-like naivitee that nobody could possibly lie just to get a higher standard of living, has led to a magnificent population increase in just a matter of years.
Since Sweden’s immigration policy took a turn for the insane in 2010, the tiny country in the north has made it a point of pride to open the doors to ten times as many immigrants as the European average.
The Immigration Bureau predicts over 100 000 newcomers annually, which makes the total number more like 200 000 once you add in the family tag-alongs. That’s quite a lot to absorb for a country of less than 10 million, where the previous years’ immigration has already made the population to be closing in on being 20% non-native.
The array of problems, or “challenges” as the Newspeak term is, popping up all around is rather vast. But perhaps the most urgent crisis is housing.
Sweden has had strict rent controls and laws against subletting for a long time, which has stifled the construction of new rental units for decades. But now that there has been an inflow of literally thousands of newcomers every week for years, every last shred of living space is occupied and then some. There can be 3-4 entire families sharing studio apartments in the immigrant “exclusion areas“, and the government has invested every shred of prestige into making sure the inflow continues unabated.
So where will they all live? What about the predicted half million immigrants due to arrive in just a few years? Heck, there’s already 15 000 immigrants with approved residence permits, that haven’t been able to leave the processing center housing yet.
The answer: Modular housing.
Cheap and portable, these are the kind of temporary sheds used at construction sites to provide a crude office for the foreman. Now the politicians want to solve the housing crisis by erecting thousands upon thousands of these boxes around Sweden.
Temporary solutions like this has a striking tendency to become permanent, kind of how a “temporary” tax has a way of becoming permanent. Now scroll back up to the picture at the top. Imagine a couple hundered families crammed in there, and add 5-10 years of wear, trash and graffiti to the picture.
The infamous favelas around Rio de Janeiro grew organically as societal Darwinism and the residents themselves created some of the worst hellholes known to man. In Sweden, the government builds them out of misguided humanitarianism.