They take great pains to deny that they’re ‘No-Go Zones’, but that’s what they are. If first respondents and even police themselves can’t enter an area without backup, then it’s a No-Go Zone.
‘Especially vulnerable areas’ increase in Sweden: report
In 2015 Sweden’s national police released a report of 53 so-called vulnerable areas, including 15 considered especially vulnerable. Eight new districts have now been added to that list, which has not yet been made public, bringing the latter number up to 23, reports the DN newspaper.
The term “no-go zone” caught on in some international media back in 2015 after it was used by a Swedish newspaper columnist to label these areas, but it has been strongly rejected by police themselves.
The police definition of such districts describe them as socio-economically vulnerable areas where crime and poverty rates are generally high, where police regularly have to adapt their methods and equipment to the volatile situation, where there may be violent religious extremism and where residents often do not report crimes to the police, either out of fear of retaliation or because they think it will not lead to anything.