Disinfo: Foreign students in Sweden leave universities from fear for their security

Summary

Foreign students quit Swedish universities, fearing threats on their personal security.

In 2005, housing and maintenance company in Swedish town of Borlange converted two apartment buildings in the densely Somali-populated area into a student complex with a gym […] Nine out of every ten residents of this dangerous area are foreigners. Little Mogadishu boasts a high proportion of Somali immigrants, which two years ago accounted for 36.8% of the area’s residents.

Disproof

A recurrent disinformation narrative fueling Islamophobia and suggesting a societal break-down in Europe; in this case - Sweden. A single case at a community college in a provincial Swedish town is used to suggest a major issue: international students quitting Swedish universities in general.

Around 19000 international students study at 39 Swedish universities. The case, referred to in the article concerns a single dormitory where around 100 students share a building with a social housing project.

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  • Reported in: Issue 224
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/12/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian,
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Sweden
  • Keywords: migration
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Disproof

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