Sweden: Sacrificing 1000 to save 1

Syrian refugee camp in Jordan.

It is often said that politics is the art of setting priorities and allocating common resources. Since the tax coffer is no bottomless well, it is the politician’s duty to ascertain that resources, including foreign aid, are distributed to benefit the maximum amount of people. In Sweden, the politicians are working in the other direction.

Sweden prides itself on being a “Humanitarian Superpower” and has provided generous aid to third world countries for decades. But now that the immigration floodgates have been opened, the skyrocketing cost of harboring hundreds of thousands of new arrivals within Swedens borders are forcing the government to divert money from the actual foreign aid.

While the specifics are yet to be determined, the government estimates that a fifth of the foreign aid money will now go to offset the domestic costs. Not surprisingly, several foreign aid organizations are protesting loudly about getting de-funded. But hey, it’s the same money being spent, so what’s the big deal if it goes here or there?

Simply put, it’s a matter of how much bang you’re getting for your buck…

For example: Turkey is appealing for help with its huge Syrian refugee load: it has 900,000 children to educate. I’m very far from an Erdogan fan but at least they have taken in a lot of refugees.

  • Dana Garcia

    Calling itself the “humanitarian superpower” is the perfect example of liberal arrogance — we’re so virtuous and you’re not.

  • simus1

    Educating 900,000 young refugee citizens of the New Ottoman Empire -Syrian Caliphate Div would seem to be a prime responsibility and opportunity of Sultan Erdogan.
    Since turkish policy re isis and assad helped produce millions of syrian and other refugees, perhaps the UN is a more appropriate conduit for Sweden’s white elite guilt payments to the refugees now stuck in camps there.

  • eMan14

    What’s the quote? “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or of the one.” We can’t afford to pay for the needs of immigrants when our own populations are hurting. I’ve always maintained that the best foreign aid we can deliver is to teach them to help themselves.

    From the Nation Post, referring to the Fraser Instiute, “Immigrants to Canada cost the federal government as much as $23-billion annually and “impose a huge fiscal burden on Canadian taxpayers,” according to a think-tank report released Tuesday that was immediately criticized as telling only part of the story.”
    Perhaps this money could be better spent in other areas.

  • Everyone Else

    The refugees Turkey has taken are the families of ISIS fighters sent out of Syria for safekeeping. Turkey isn’t taking Christians, Yazidis, Alawites or anyone other than relatives of Sunni directly engaged in the conflict. It’s an important perk given to boost recruitment.

  • This conscious decision to let in “children”, thereby hurting actual children, should give Finland and Norway cause to fence off Sweden.

    • tom_billesley

      They’re all Shengen Zone countries so it’s open borders.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Under Obama’s DREAM act it’s technically possible classify anyone under the age of 30 as a ‘child’. In fact about 70% of the illegal immigrants to the US are under the age of 30 and many/most of them have children of their own.

  • tom_billesley

    The displaced Syrians in Turkey are given sanctuary but are not given asylum and not accorded the status of refugees. Turkish law is that asylum is granted only to those coming from Europe (the law was intended to allow entry to Turks and other moslems displaced from Greece and the Balkans). For arabs and kurds coming from the former Ottoman territories to the east of Turkey, no dice.