Swedish government to map citizenship of gang members

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Swedish government to map citizenship of gang members
Justice Minister Gunnar Strömmer. File photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Sweden's police will soon start mapping gang criminals in more detail, the government has decided. They will investigate criminals' age, gender and citizenship, among other details.


“We want to get an overall picture of gang crime in Sweden in different respects,” Justice Minister Gunnar Strömmer told Sveriges Radio.

He believes that it’s important to map citizenship in criminal networks, he told Sveriges Radio, in order to compare the number of gang criminals with foreign citizenship to those with Swedish citizenship.

“This is of relevance when it comes to our international cooperation in order to push back against cross-border crime,” Strömmer said.

“This is also important in developing our punishments,” he added. “Foreign citizens can be deported as a consequence of major criminality.”


Police will also assess what role individuals have in criminal networks and how active they are.


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