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'Asylum kids have a right to free schooling'

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 2 Feb 2010, 12:32

Published: 02 Feb 2010 12:32 GMT+01:00

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The report, penned by government investigator Margareta Åberg and presented to the education minister Jan Björklund on Tuesday, recommends that all children resident in Sweden should be offered statutory education, regardless of their immigration status.

"All children, regardless of whether they are inside or outside the asylum process, should have a right to an education, including pre-school and after-school care," Åberg writes in a government statement on Tuesday.

The report complements a previous inquiry from 2007 which excluded certain categories of asylum seekers - such as those who had not applied for the necessary permits.

"My main task has therefore been to analyse the conditions for how the right to schooling can be extended to more groups," Åberg explains.

The inquiry proposes that funding should be made available from the local municipalities in which the children are resident and that they should also have the right to attend privately managed schools.

Local municipalities would then be reimbursed by the state.

The inquiry recommends the removal of the existing obligation for social welfare boards and schools to inform the authorities over the children in their care - a move which it is hoped will encourage more children to attend school.

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"Access to schooling gives the children the opportunity to develop and to stabilize their situation," Margareta Åberg concludes.

The proposal, if adopted, would also bring Swedish legislation closer into line with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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15:10 February 2, 2010 by Tiddler
All government services will be paid by disarmed men (taxpayers) upon the threat of loss of liberty (prison) and enforced at the point of a gun by government agents (police).
15:12 February 2, 2010 by Uncle
I do not get it. What else is happening? Are these people required to pay huge amounts for the school? Or is the proposal to waive the 800 sek per month for the lunches? Why are there people IN Sweden who are in process of asylum? Aren't they supposed to get this permit before they come here?

Or is it so simple as to get on a plane in any country, land here, THEN apply for an asylum and immediately get social benefits without anyone even looking at your documents first?

Why not start paying unemployment benefits to all the tourists as well? And if these people are refused asylum because they ran away after committing murder? Should they pay for the school retroactively? From too much liberalism this country loses any sense.
15:26 February 2, 2010 by efm
So what is the alternative, let the kids roam the streets?
17:14 February 2, 2010 by sissygirl
Yo Uncle! Of course they should get everything and be required to pay nothing. (Much sarcasm intended) That's how it works in the US.
19:01 February 2, 2010 by byke
Unfortunately it says allot when sweden is pressured to meet the minimum UN standards to which they are legally bound to. All children should be treated as such, and denying such rights is a travesty.
20:56 February 2, 2010 by entry
If a country takes in asylum seekers, they better feed & house them, provide them medical care, schooling for their children and think real hard on the numbers they allow to pour over their border.

Remember the lesson of Vellinge, where the town council refused to take in refugee boys? Remember the outrage at the town council & outpouring of charitable thoughts for the poor refugee boys? Remember the last story update here at thelocal.se when all was said and done and it was time to place those boys in community homes and only two families came forward? All those people who believe someone should do something to help anyone and everyone in the world who sets foot in Sweden all vanished into the woodwork when it was time to live up to the commitments made.

There are only so many people that can be absorbed or cared for by a tiny country. Reality seems to escape many people.
22:49 February 2, 2010 by entry
Are the Migrationsverket workers given performance bonuses based on the volume of refugees that they figure out loopholes for in order for them to be accepted into Sweden?
23:38 February 2, 2010 by CanadianInSweden
this ¨charitable¨ government never seizes to amaze me...the swedish governments responsibility is to the swedish people first.the economy is in the toilet,unemployment is through the roof and the flood gates of very skilled and useful members of society(sarcasm) is wide open still(not to mention the flood gates of cash and benefits also),it seems they are treated better then the swedish born,and that's before they even are granted asylum. the money they are wasting is shocking,could be better used actually helping there own people.yes its a nice thing what Sweden does for all these asylum seeks,but when did it become Sweden's problem? if they haven't learned the language and start working and paying taxes after a year send them back where they came from.these people dont give a crap about Sweden ,they just want out of whatever hellhole country they came from and are taking you for a free ride which Sweden is just handing out..when any politician says anything about limiting immigration they are labeled a racist..that's insane to me..my views have nothing to do with race,i don't care where they come from, if they are black,yellow or purple..what happens if you don't pay rent..you get thrown out..same principal.i myself obviously am a immigrant,but i work and pay taxes..a lot of taxes! it makes me sick that i am paying for these people..as far as the children,make the UN pay or it if they are so concerned,i do realize the children shouldn't suffer but neither should the swedish people
00:28 February 3, 2010 by Malmoman
I agree that the Government has certain responsibilities but where is this hatred towards children coming from. I don't see how denying small children education is going to hurt Sweden in the long run. I agree that the immigration practices in Sweden are out of touch with the feelings of just about every Swede I have ever met. This does not change the fact that we have a responsibility to help any child that ends up in Sweden.

Even in the US the children of illegal aliens are entitled to free public education (vis a vis the 14th ammendment).
01:40 February 3, 2010 by Palestinian

I really wonder how much do you pay in tax.. stop being silly ... You talk as you pay for them from ypur account.. I am sure you have a low level work and your tax money is much less than the benefits you get from the country.

I am an asylum seeker who is waiting for a decision since almost three years...

I believe I paid more taxes in my 3 years than what you did in all your life, still I do not have any social benefits and I do not complain and getting mad from other tax payers who get free education and health care and insurance!!
14:47 February 3, 2010 by aaww

first, i am neither not a swede nor long term residence in sweden.

i would say that it's sad to heard about your situation, but i guess the real world is sometimes quite unfair. on the other hand, i would guess that you still liked the situation you have in sweden, otherwise, you have left sweden quite long ago for france or italy, cause it's much warm over there and nice people as well.

the situation overall in sweden is that they have a sick social welfare system that it can not support itself, people does pay tax, but many of the single mother or father's tax payment can not afford even to pay their own welfare, that make 3 people relying on 1 taxpayer in the overall case. they do not even have a system build up to integrate all the economical immigrant they have taken in, so people from abroad, no matter how hard they work on their swedish language, they still can not find a job.

once they have increased the tax level, it will bring the 1 single guy that pays tax for 3 more people to have a higher burden than before, and it will not work. this bad circulation means that no one is happy in this society.
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