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Swedish MPs seek better care for child refugees

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17:21 CET+01:00
The Swedish parliament is pushing for better and more efficient treatment of children who have arrived alone in Sweden to seek asylum, reported DN on Wednesday.

A number of children are currently forced to stay at immigration camps but MPs believe these children should be sent out to foster families instead. This means that local councils and social care services must be brought into the process as early as possible.

"We have tried to act humanely and with goodwill, but the policy has tended to be brutal and, at the same time, expensive for tax payers," said Moderate Party MP Per Westerberg.

There are said to be up to 150 children suffering from a condition known as "apathy", of whom many are asylum seekers.

The government has promised to investigate and to set out a proposal early next year for new legislation.

Sources: Dagens Nyheter

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