Right-wing populist Sweden Democrats thus have demanded a new investigation on this matter in parliament, however, they only received the additional support of Center Party MP Staffan Danielsson, who turned out to be a dissenter in his own party. According to Danielsson, it would be counter-productive not to release such a report, because Sweden has since experienced mass migration which may have changed the situation.
"People believe that Swedes almost don't commit any crimes at all, only the foreign-born do. Apparently, this is not true. Facts are needed. This is the only thing I'm after," Staffan Danielsson told Swedish national broadcaster SVT.
"There is no rational reason for refusing to update the data on immigrants' overrepresentation in crime. A researchers' mission is to enlighten, not to obscure. Besides, BRÅ will not be able to hide their statistics for eternity, which has already damaged the authority's long-term credibility. No straight shooter would willingly darken the statistics," Sanandaji said, as quoted by Swedish news outlet Nyheter Idag.
However, a clear parliamentary majority said no to the perspective of tasking BRÅ with updating its crime statistics according to the criminals' country of origin, SVT's survey revealed.
Last February, Justice Minister Morgan Johansson already declined a similar idea. According to him, a report on perpetrator's origin would not "amplify the potential to improve Swedish society." Today, Johansson stuck to his guns once again. According to him, there is no need for a new study, because it allegedly would not shed any new light on the problem.
"Numerous studies have been carried out in Sweden and in the world, and all show pretty much the same thing: that minority groups are often overrepresented in crime statistics," Johansson conceded to SVT, yet explained the lopsided statistics with strictly socioeconomic factors.
Remarkably, the very debate about the necessity of fresh statistics on migrant crime sparked an outrage on Swedish social media. Aftonbladet's columnist Ehsan Fadakar went on to call SVT "useful idiots" for merely providing an arena for the infected debate.