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Immigrants vote against Sweden Democrats

AFP/The Local · 19 Sep 2010, 19:11

Published: 19 Sep 2010 19:11 GMT+02:00

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That the far-right, anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats are widely expected to enter parliament for the first time "is of particular concern here where so many are immigrants," said Rahma Dirie, a 27-year-old Somali-born candidate for the governing Moderate Party in Stockholm municipal elections.

Wearing a black scarf tied tight around her head and her party's bright yellow jacket, Dirie stood flanked by campaign poster-clad lightposts in the square outside the subway station at Rinkeby, a 1970s suburban development which today is home to 90 percent first generation Swedes.

Sarah, a 27-year-old born in Iraq, explained in broken Swedish that she had just voted for the first time and went with the left-wing opposition.

"I voted for Social Democrats," she said, rocking her 11-month-old son Rame back and forth in his stroller. "I've seen on TV they want to do a lot of things. I think they are better."

Nearby, there were scattered election huts -- temporary campaign premises often built to look like red-log Swedish cottages -- with campaigners urging passing voters to cast their ballots for the left, which also includes the Greens and the formerly communist Left Party.

A strong supporter of the red-green left-wing bloc, Ayaan Mohammed, said she was optimistic about a leftist victory.

"I think anything can happen," the 29-year-old said, stressing: "I'm voting for Mona Sahlin" -- the Social Democrat leader vying to become Sweden's first woman prime minister.

When asked about the far-right, she said they were the main reason she was casting her ballot.

"That's why I'm voting, so they don't come in," she said.

However, Nina Dakwar, 47, a campaigner for the Christian Democrats, part of the centre-right ruling coalition, said she doesn't think her left-wing opponents have a chance.

"I think the alliance will win," she said, adding that she was not particularly worried about the far-right's rise.

"There is a risk (they'll get in to parliament), but we hope they don't," she said, adding: "They are not such a big party. I don't think they'll have so much influence.

Daniel Forsling, a 33-year-old teacher, was more concerned.

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"People have been talking a lot about what politics would look like in Sweden if (the far-right) gets in," he said, standing in the lobby of a school serving as Rinkeby's main polling station.

Some voters were still on the fence about where to cast their vote.

"I haven't decided yet," said municipal employee Ibrahim Warsame as he raised a yellow-and-blue Swedish flag into the overcast sky, explaining that election day is one of the country's official flag-flying days.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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19:43 September 19, 2010 by The Rabbi
Good news we need a strong immigrant show.
19:50 September 19, 2010 by Birbun
Obviously the immigrants will vote the left to have more subsidies.


It remains a mystery for me that immigrants without citizenship can vote.

The solution is simple: cut to zero the subsidies for all and after we will see.

But I don't understand a point: haven't the immigrants to immigrate in Sweden to work instead to get subsidies?
20:09 September 19, 2010 by donaswe
Muslim immigrants vote against integration, vote for more subsidies, vote for do nothing when swedes work for fyhe country. SWEDEN DEMOCRATS GO ON!
20:21 September 19, 2010 by GefleFrequentFlyer
In other news, water is wet.

Seriously, why would any "immigrant" vote against the very system that is feeding and putting a roof over thier head with some money in their pocket?

The irony is, traditional swedes, are the new minority.

'The problem with socialism is, you eventually run out of other peoples money" -Margaret Thatcher
20:43 September 19, 2010 by unseen

why especially Muslim immigrants???

can't believe that people still have issues with religions. religion is dead my friend. i was born Muslim, no longer, lucky me.

you guys exaggerate bit when it comes to religions!!!

enjoy life my friend.
21:55 September 19, 2010 by Just_Kidding
Muslim immigrants are extremely lazy; thats why you can always find an open Kebab pizza shop when everything else is closed.

"An atheist Iranian"
23:14 September 19, 2010 by Sam1
Its very true that we see that majortity of immigrants dont fit anywhere in Sweden,

Sweden has brought them here to save their lives from war and discrimination.

And yes some want to bring their tradition. But an extreme side of solution is not the way either.

I agree the same muslims that have discriminate us in our countries they will follow to think this way in Sweden.

But the laws here wil change them and those with extreme mind will die and their children are new and do not think with extremism. I have noticed that the immigrants born in Sweden are more Swedish than extremist. So next generation will be better wiser stronger united full of multiculture and diversity.
23:56 September 19, 2010 by manrush
Immigrants vote against the party that clearly does not want them in Sweden.

I don't see why you troglodytes are so outraged about it.
01:05 September 20, 2010 by gedw99
Where is the hard date to support many comments abiove that suggest that Immigrants are taking more benefits pro rata then non immigrants ?

Does anyone have any actual quality data on this ?
01:05 September 20, 2010 by Moodcom
sweden demo will never come into power... they will melt n finsih like snow.

They are many swedish people living n working abroad,they are not treated the way swed demo treat foriegners here. FOR SURE SWEDEN DEMO WILL NEVER COME INTO POWER. YOU WILL MELT AND FINISH LIKE SNOW.... FOR SURE.
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