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One in five kids in Malmö live in poverty: report

TT/David Landes · 23 Nov 2009, 11:08

Published: 23 Nov 2009 11:08 GMT+01:00

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According to figures from Statistics Sweden (SCB), nearly one in five children in Malmö – 19 percent – live in families with lower incomes than required to reach the “lowest reasonable standard” of living.

Moreover, the statistics, which cover 2006 and 2007, reveal wide differences in household income levels around the country.

The Stockholm suburb of Danderyd has the highest average standard of living, with a disposable income for families with children more than double that of low income municipalities.

While Danderyd has the highest average standard of living, two other municipalities actually have the lowest percentage of children living in families with a low standard of living.

According to SCB, the percentage of families with a low standard of living in Vaggeryd in Jönköping County in central Sweden and Hammarö in Värmland County in western Sweden is just over 2 percent.

Overall, the percentage of children in Sweden living in families with a low standard of living dropped from 8 percent to 7 percent between 2006 and 2007.

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However, the percentage of children living in families with a high standard of living jumped from 18 to 30 percent from 2006 and 2007.

TT/David Landes (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

12:42 November 23, 2009 by just a question
It doesn't surprise me.

If Sweden is not going create jobs in the next years, part of the population will be more and more poor.

And being poor is not about having or no money to go on vacation. We're talking about hunger or poor nutrition.
12:52 November 23, 2009 by Beynch
I have the solution to this: Raise taxes, especially on those who the social democrats are calling `rich`. Danderyd residents, be aware! More, and more generous, social programs. Forget about initiative, inspiration, indoustriouness and job creation. That way we can create an entire underclass of serfs, completely dependent on the State(with a big `S`), who will habitually vote social democrat. Isn't this the Palme vision? `Animal Farm` comes to mind. The story does not reveal if these `chiiiildren` in Malmö are recent entrants from the third world who are already being supported by tax payer funds?
12:55 November 23, 2009 by Tomandjerry
less money on regugees, ,more money on swedish children,or at least them that hold swedish citizenship
14:36 November 23, 2009 by Leprechaun .se
Right.. poverty increases along with the increase of immigrants and refugees many of whom spend all their money to get here..

Well I'm speechless. I never thought that some people had to make a report to realize the connection between coming to Sweden while being poor and staying poor. It's not like we give them a million crowns when they get here. If they are poor when they get here they will stay that way unless they turn to serious crime or get very very lucky. AH!
14:46 November 23, 2009 by Tomandjerry
@Leprechaun .se

not really immigrants..immigrants like skilled labor and self-employment, etc. has capability to support themselves quite well...

refugees are the prolem
15:58 November 23, 2009 by mkvgtired
Beynch, Regardless of the country I have read many articles, regarding people on welfare, that try to pull at the heart strings of average people. Then I look at my tax payments and realize how much of my income already goes to programs to help them. Then I dont feel bad anymore. Anyone who feels bad for these "poor" people I would say add up all of your income that goes to support them and then see how you feel. I know 4 immigrants who moved to the US with literally nothing. They could barely afford food, and now all of them are millionaires. Granted this is not typical, but to see so many instances of this happening it leads me to believe that if poor people can become rich in one generation there is no excuse not to be able to get off welfare in 3 generations (or more). I believe in helping people that can not help themselves, i.e. mentally disabled people, but laziness is not a disability.
16:45 November 23, 2009 by human on planet
it is not surprise. where ever muslims are there it is the same situation around the globe. more children per couple and more poverty more violence and blaming others.
17:21 November 23, 2009 by travels
Recipe: Your family has no money, you are not qualified for better paying jobs, you receive all kinds of help from social programs, then have lots and lots of kids, so you all live in semi poverty and qualify for even more social programs, paid by the hard working tax payers that only have as many kids as they can afford.
01:36 November 24, 2009 by MTH
It important to not be angry at immigrants, but to be angry at "immigration", that is, the polycis that govern immigration, that MUST be changed!. What is the point of bringing low quality immigrants? i see no point on that. The way to help the poor people is to help them in their OWN countries, with some money, education and ideas for development.
01:57 November 24, 2009 by Greg in Canada
This is a genuine "made in Sweden" social problem created by overly idealistic immigration policies that are simply not working out as intended. Its probably only going to get worse.

When I first visited Malmo thirty years ago it was then a very nice place. None of these current problems existed. Very sad.
10:40 November 24, 2009 by bettan1
How could such a thing happen in such a Secularist Socialist Utopia?
12:54 November 24, 2009 by Marc the Texan
Has Sweden past its peak?
13:03 November 24, 2009 by Beynch
@Marc the Texan: Yes, Sweden began its descent when O. Palme became Prime Minister.
13:45 November 28, 2009 by lawal ayoola rilwan
,Please, lets try to appreciate the kindness of this system.If you know you are an immigrant,we need to work extra hard and smart to make life a meaning even in our own countries of birth.Please,do not be deceived that Sweden is all of sunshine and rainball .Sweden is just another social world not a social Utopia ..
04:52 December 1, 2009 by lingonberrie
What I see here are children who are the unfortunate victims of their ignorant and intransigent parents, and of whom, for the most part, are the recipients of the overly generous immigration policies in Sweden today.

The Canadian poster who visited Malmo 30 years ago did not see the present demographic of refugees, particularly those who resist learning the language and the culture and who are thus unemployable and who expect the State to take care of them.

What happens to the city? A downward spiral where only a few climb out of the hole. The solution? Adopting the strict immigration standards of the Danes is one method, and another is to change the policy towards those who refuse to adapt, that is, those who stay unemployed and who refuse to become a part of the Swedish mainstream, often one and the same, and who are still allowed to remain in Sweden.

Simply put, either you earn your way by adopting the system into which you chose to move, on your own free will, and become a productive member of the society to benefit both yourself, your children and your adopted country--or be forced to move out of Sweden .
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