Woman Who Welcomed Refugees Gets Stabbed to Death By One of Them
As Europe experiences the greatest migration crisis since the end of World War II, with tens of hundreds of thousands of people from the Middle East flooding into the continent, citizens are suffering the consequences as the refugees are brought into local communities and committing crimes in record numbers.
In Sweden, where a young woman working in a refugee center was stabbed to death by a 15-year-old, officials are now calling for increased security at the overcrowded and understaffed refugee centers where unaccompanied minors are housed.
Alexandra Mezher, whose family is originally from Lebanon, was a 22-year-old employee at the refugee center in Mölndal near Gothenburg on Sweden’s west coast where, as her cousin said in a statement, “She was a good person who wanted to good. And then he murdered her when she was doing her job.”
Co-workers restrained the teenager until police arrived and police spokesman Thomas Fuxborg confirmed that the suspect, who had been living at the refugee center, had been arrested on suspicion of murder after officers found a knife at the scene.
The teenager was not identified because he is a minor, nor was his country of origin made public when he was arrested.
“I think many people are concerned and worried that there will be more violence since Sweden has received so many unaccompanied children and young people,” Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven said after visiting Mölndal to pay tribute to Mezher, “and many of those who come young to Sweden have traumatic experiences, so there are no easy answers.”
But while the prime minister focused on the needs of the migrants, the police spokesman discussed the reality residents are now faced with as a result of Sweden, a country of less than 10 million, taking in more than 160,000 migrants in 2015, one of the highest refugee per capita proportions in the EU.
“These kinds of calls are becoming more and more common. We’re dealing with more incidents like these since the arrival of so many more refugees from abroad,” said police spokesman Thomas Fuxborg.
The Swedish Migration Agency says that the number of threats and violent incidents at refugee centers has more than doubled from 2014 to 2015, with arson being one of the most common crimes damaging and in some cases destroying at least two-dozen centers.
Lena Nitz, the director of the Swedish police union told media, “It is obvious that the migrant situation is a great strain. It has become clear that the situation is completely unsustainable.”