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Outrage prompts refugee kids' free lunch reversal

Published: 06 Nov 2012 08:57 GMT+01:00

"Now we're starting to organize it. It will be underway as quickly as possible," Lisbeth Lennartsson, a member of the local council in Borgholm, told Sveriges Television (SVT) on Monday.

Lennartsson said she was surprised at the strong reactions and intense media attention that emerged following a decision to not serve state-subsidized school lunches to around 100 children currently attending a temporary school set up for the children of asylum seekers housed on a north Öland camping site.

“They are already getting subsidized food by the state and then I feel that perhaps this should be looked over so that they don’t get double lunch subsidies,” head of education in Borgholm, Lars Bylund, told daily Dagens Nyheter (DN) last week in explaining the decision.

The discovery prompted the Swedish Schools Inspectorate (Skolinspektionen) to launch an investigation into whether local authorities were violating Swedish law by not serving the children free school lunches.

According to Swedish school laws, all Swedish schoolchildren should be offered a “nutritional school meal”.

Around 20 school chefs also signed an open protest letter to Borgholm officials to express their outrage that the refugee children weren't being served food.

While the Schools Inspectorate investigation into whether the town violated the law is ongoing, the municipality has nevertheless decided to act before the agency's completes its probe.

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13:20 November 6, 2012 by what would thomas paine do
Meanwhile, budget restraints mean police are only present part-time in Öland. An Öland clinic has closed. Funding for the remaining clinics has been reduced. And Kalmar emergency care is understaffed, for years, despite increasing need.
16:54 November 6, 2012 by sometimesinsweden
Feed the kids some food - its not their fault the situation they're in. take the money away from the refugees who seem to be able to afford cable tv and for their wives never to have to work...
20:54 November 6, 2012 by JohnAndersson
Now we just need Jamie Oliver to visit the kids and this will be a very happy story. :)
01:28 November 8, 2012 by DariusFara
There's no doubt that the overwhelming majority of the parents of these children are economic migrants and not genuine asylum seekers. Indeed, one could argue that 100% of all asylum seekers in Sweden are bogus as they have passed through many safe countries before arriving.

Nevertheless, it is wrong to penalise their children.
23:06 November 11, 2012 by Flygger
Why are these asylum seekers getting subsidized food by the state in the first place ??

In order to obtain any benefit at all they should be made to earn any privilege by performing community service. This will have the benefit of also introducing them into integration within the community,

I'm sure this is what all immigrants and asylum seekers crave.

After all. What sort of person would hop by so many countries to choose Sweden as a refuge if it were not for the horror they feel about a different state feeding them and clothing them, giving them money to spend without anything being expected from that State in return. No wonder they head straight for Sweden !!
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