Refugees adapt better when they decide where to live
TT/The Local · 11 Dec 2008, 07:40
Published: 11 Dec 2008 07:40 GMT+01:00
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A study presented on Thursday by the National Board of Housing, Building, and Planning (Boverket) shows that those who chose their own place of residence were able to secure employment faster and purchase their own apartments sooner than others, Sveriges Radio reports.
Refugees have had the right to choose where they want live in Sweden since 1994, but that right has been opposed by many.
Critics argue that it leads to segregation and cramped living conditions because refugees end up moving in with friends and relatives.
The result, argue critics, is delayed integration into Swedish society.
But the findings of the housing board’s study show that just the opposite is true.
“They clearly have friends and acquaintances to fall back on when they seek asylum here in Sweden. They have, quite simply, a social network which they use through living there and that helps them even after they’ve applied for asylum,” said Malmö University lecturer Pieter Bevelander to Sveriges Radio.