A policeman investigates a burned out car in the suburb Rinkeby, outside Stockholm, on February 20, 2017. AFP / TT News Agency / Fredrik SANDBERG
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Donald Trump's controversial statements linking immigration and crime in Sweden, a country idealized by some for its liberal values, have sparked the nation to weigh the successes and failures of its integration policy.The images spread like wildfire around the world, blurring the Swedish authorities' response to Trump and the Fox News channel's report linking rising crime to immigration to which he had referred.Trump's opponents argue that Sweden has not seen a terrorist attack since 2010 and that crime levels have not surged since it took in 244,000 asylum-seekers, the highest number per capita in Europe in 2014 and 2015 . Sweden remains one of the safest – and wealthiest – countries in the world.Social Democratic Prime Minister Stefan Lofven rejected Trump's allegation of a link between crime and immigration, but did acknowledge that Sweden faces challenges over its immigration policy.
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