After falsely telling BBC that the number of rapes in the country was going down, the Integration Minister was forced to admit she was lying.
During an interview with BBC News Channel, Ylva Johansson insisted that there was no connection between immigration and the number of rapes in Sweden, saying that the level is “going down, and going down, and going down.”
“The level of rapes is not actually high in Sweden”, she claimed before attacking former UKIP leader Nigel Farage – who described Malmo was the “rape capital of Europe” – claiming he “doesn’t really know what he is talking about.”
But according to the latest figures, it seems that Ms. Johansson may not know what she was talking about as well. The latest report shows that Sweden has een experiencing a steady increase over that past decade, including a 13 percent increase in sex crimes in 2016.
“We don’t need more fake news,” Tweeted the Moderate party’s labour policy spokesperson Elisabeth Svantesson. “In what way is the number of sex crimes decreasing?”
The minister quickly responded on Saturday: “I based my answer on information that I had at the time, that the number of reports of rapes went down in 2015.”
“It was wrong of me to speak of a development that was only based on one year. The preliminary figures for 2016 unfortunately show that the figures are on the rise. It’s important to be correct, of course,” she added.