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Organised Crime in Sweden: an analysis of “the Syriac mafia” in the city of Södertälje
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
Stockholms universitet.
2015 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Sweden represents a least likely case for the development of mafia-like organisations: the state is strong with relatively well-functioning legal system; the political institutions are stable, trust in government is widespread, bureaucratic ethic is high and associational life vibrant. Yet, in a relatively short time, starting in the early 1980s, the so-called “Syrian network” has established its power structure in Södertälje, which is a medium-sized city in the proximity of Stockholm. In September 2014 the Svea Court of Appeal in Stockholm confirmed the existence of a criminal organisation in Södertälje, with an extensive power structure with ramifications into politics and the welfare sector. This paper focuses on the so-called Syriac mafia and analysis of its history, organizational structure, leadership, recruitment, and activities.  

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Keyword [en]
Organised crime, Sweden, “the Syriac mafia”, Södertälje
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-269728OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-269728DiVA: diva2:885031
ECPR Standing Group on Organised Crime. First General Conference, Naples 11-12 December 2015.
Available from: 2015-12-17 Created: 2015-12-17 Last updated: 2015-12-28

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