Sweden: Far-right politician proposes building mosque

17th Mar 2019
Sweden: Far-right politician proposes building mosque

By Atilla Altuntas

 

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AA): A far-right Swedish politician who represents an anti-immigration party has proposed to build a mosque and a cultural center to attract more immigrants to the country, local media reported.

Mark Collins from far-right Sweden Democrats party, said he believes they need immigrants in order to stop the decline of the town’s population, according to The Local Sweden.

Collins proposed to build the mosque and cultural center in Kramfors town of northern Sweden’s Vasternorrland county.

The news network quoted Collins as saying: “My idea is that if you have a mosque and a cultural center, then you empower the Muslims to be responsible for our town and the area up here.”

“The one group in Sweden that is mobile is the immigrant community, and they’re very business minded, and that’s what we need,” he added.

The town loses 100 people a year, Collins said, while Vasternorrland as a whole loses around 500 citizens a year.

“Who else is going to come up here?” he said. “The one group in Sweden that is mobile is the immigrant community, and they’re very business minded, and that’s what we need, because there are opportunities galore up here, but there’s just not enough people.”

Collins moved to Sweden from the United States in 1974, and joined the Sweden Democrats Party.

he said he believed the Sweden Democrats now needed to become a “future-looking party”.

“They lost the debate on immigration. They [the immigrants] are here. So we can’t just sit around whining about it,” he said. “It’s over, and I think they [the Sweden Democrats] are having a hard time moving on.”

*Writing by Nilay Kar Onum

Additional report by The Muslim News

[Map of Sweden by P S Burton/Creative Commons]

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