East StratCom disinformation claim:

The recent influx of migrants caused a massive rise of crime in Sweden.

Documentation for claim

Period/date: 23. February 2017

Debunk claim:

No evidence for the claims. Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter analyzed crime statistics between October 2015 and January 2016 and concluded that refugees were responsible for only 1 percent of all criminal incidents. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/02/21/riots-erupt-in-swedens-capital-just-days-after-trump-comments/?utm_term=.84d4e3ba0ae4. According to the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention’s Swedish Crime Survey, between 2005 and 2015, the proportion of people who reported that they were victims of any crime during the past year decreased from 26 percent to 24 percent. A group for which likelihood to be subject to a crime rather increased over the past period were for people born in Sweden but whose two parents were born abroad.http://www.bra.se/download/18.4a33c027159a89523b1ae6a8/1488215568335/2017_5_Brottsutvecklingen_i_Sverige_fram_till_ar_2015.pdf.

Documentation for the debunk

Additional information

This information is reported by Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI) within framework of the Centre for International Relations‘ project co-financed by the Visegrad Fund in Disinformation Review issue 60. The item is located at row number 24 in the report.

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