So does this tension show that there is trouble in paradise? Fraser says:
‘Basically the Swedish idealism ran into a big wall called reality in the autumn of 2015. The big problem was that we did not have a frank discussion about migration before that and it is because of the sheer number of refugees who came to Sweden that we started to have the debate, after the fact, so to speak. The capacity to integrate children who had come as unaccompanied migrants was already stretched, so there wasn’t any place left for them. And then the crisis hit with 35,000 unaccompanied migrants.’
Also on the podcast: next week will see the broadcast of a new film, ‘The Bleeding Edge’, which looks into the murky world of organ harvesting in China. The film stars Anastasia Lin, Miss World Canada 2015, who Lara Prendergast profiles in this week’s magazine.
‘There is so much to admire in Sweden. Sweden’s open-heartedness is one of its characteristics. And I think this Swedish compassion just happened to run into a period of unprecedented migration. And to ask questions like ‘Can we really cope?’, is very difficult for Swedes to do. This, of course, has led to problems.’