Sweden has banned Christmas lights in the name of “security” as immigrants continue to pour into the Scandinavian country. The country has seen a huge influx of refugees from Middle Eastern countries over the past two years and the Swedish government has tried its best to accommodate them, sometimes at the expense of its own citizens.
The Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) has banned municipalities to erect Christmas street lights on light poles that the authority manages. This meant that many towns in the country will spend the season devoid of the holiday lights in major streets.
According to Info Wars, Trafikverket claimed that the decision for the radical change was “security”. “Poles are not designed for the weight of Christmas lights, and we have to remove anything that should not be there,” said Eilin Isaksson, national coordinator at the Swedish Transport Administration.
However, many believe that the move was to avoid offending the Muslim migrants, who continue to flood Sweden. The argument that the poles are unsafe for Christmas lights seemed to be invalid given that the poles maintained their integrity even after several years.
Sweden To Reduce Migrant Forecast For 2017
The amount of immigrants coming to the Scandinavian country has been exponentially larger than the majority of its European counterparts. Many of these migrants were given accommodations in major Swedish cities, sometimes even evicting citizens from their homes to make way for the migrants.
Swedish Immigration Authority Migrationsverket has announced that the number of refugees that will enter the country for 2017 will be reduced. According to The Local, the number has dropped down to 29,000 from the previous forecast 36,700.
Sweden received a record 163,000 asylum requests in 2016, but this year it sees around 500 requests per week. A number of factors have likely impacted that change.
This includes the EU deal with Turkey, which means refugees are returned from Greece to Turkey unless they want to apply for asylum in the EU country. However, the growing discontent among Swedish citizens could have also served as a factor to the decrease of asylum seekers being admitted to the country.