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Sabuni offers to meet with Rosengård youth

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Sweden's integration minister Nyamko Sabuni wants to visit the homes of young people from the predominantly immigrant suburb of Rosengård in Malmö.

On Thursday, a letter from the minister was handed out to eighth graders at Rosengård school in which she asked if they would like to meet her.

Sabuni is planning a visit to the neighbourhood on Wednesday next week in the wake of the so-called Rosengård report prepared for her ministry by Sweden's National Defence College (Försvarshögskolan), the Sydsvenskan newspaper reports.

The study, which sparked a great deal of criticism and debate, found that Rosengård was becoming more radicalized.

Sabuni has also come under fire for some of her recent statements about the neighbourhood following the report.

“In Rosengård there is a lot of passivity and introversion, and not least of all the sort which was highlighted in this report presented by the Defence College, with thought control and so on,” she said last Monday, according to Sydsvenskan.

In her letter to students, Sabuni referenced disturbances which rocked the area in December and admitted that the situation for many in Rosengård could be improved.

She said she wanted to "discuss how it is to live in Rosengård, what you like, and what you think can be improved."

"I would also really appreciate the opportunity to come for a visit to Rosengård and meet your parents and listen to their views."

Sabuni then asked anyone interested in inviting her to their home to contact the ministry.

The school's principal, Lars Birgersson, appreciated Sabuni's gesture.

“It's a unique opportunity to receive a lesson in democracy. I think it's extraordinary,” he told the newspaper.

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