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Vellinge residents back refugee children: poll

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Vellinge residents back refugee children: poll
07:37 CET+01:00
Six of ten residents in Vellinge in southern Sweden are positive toward housing refugee children in the area, despite claims by local politicians that locals oppose the move.

Local council member and Moderate Party member Lars-Ingvar Ljungman has claimed that he has support of the majority of Vellinge municipality's residents in his efforts to stop a group of refugee children from moving into a youth hostel in Hököpinge.

But an opinion survey shows that only 18 percent of local residents want to stop the children from coming, the Sydsvenskan newspaper reports.

The survey also showed that 63 percent of Vellinge residents think the refugee children should be allowed to use the hostel as transitional housing.

“The figures are clear. Municipal leaders have said they have the support of the majority, but that's a lie,” Vellinge resident Caroline Theander told the newspaper.

Healthcare company Attendo Care has been hired by nearby Malmö municipality to manage the housing of refugee children who arrive in the city without any parents or legal guardians.

When it became known that the company planned to house the children in the hostel in neighbouring Vellinge, which has long been against housing refugees, a wave of vocal protests ensued.

The survey was carried out by the GFK Sverige polling firm at the request of Sydsvenskan and the results are based on responses to interviews with 500 people over the age of 18.

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