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Sweden plans Afghanistan orphanages

TT/The Local · 25 Mar 2010, 08:03

Published: 25 Mar 2010 08:03 GMT+01:00

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Unaccompanied refugee children arriving in Sweden and seeking asylum will be sent back to their home countries and live in specially designed care centres which the government will fund, reports the Sydsvenskan daily.

"The most important thing is to enable the child to be reunited with its parents," said migration minister Tobias Billström to the newspaper.

Some of the children that arrive unaccompanied in Sweden are given residence permits, Billström said, only because they have no one to receive them if they are sent back to their home countries - not because they are persecuted.

The government proposal means that children who today would be able to stay in Sweden will in the future be deported.

"If the only basis for a child to stay in Sweden is because they are alone, then it is better that they live in their home country while a search is conducted for their parents," Billström told the newspaper.

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The Swedish Migration Board has already been tasked with developing plans for the new children's homes, or care centres as they have been called.

During 2009 2,250 unaccompanied children under the age of 18 came to Sweden and applied for asylum. Most of them come from Afghanistan, Somalia and Iraq.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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09:00 March 25, 2010 by Lars J
This is a very good initiative. It is better to spend tax money used to send refugees back to their home countries than spending it trying to integrate them in the very different Swedish society. Sweden should build refugee centers in Kosovo and Iraq too. I would gladly spend my tax money for this purpose.
09:15 March 25, 2010 by byke
Doesn't this defeat the purpose of them leaving their home country and claiming a refugee claim in another country?
09:34 March 25, 2010 by Localer
yeah good idea !! I'm getting tired of those kids hanging around town and causing problems !
10:04 March 25, 2010 by Kevin Harris
Good idea. The children get to remain in their home country, they have a chance of finding their family, they are kept safe and healthy, and it costs the Swedish taxpayers a lot less than raising them in Sweden. Win, win, win, win.
10:11 March 25, 2010 by bocale1
Yes, very safe, until the next NATO bombing will by mistake destroy the center and kill them all! Good initiative Sweden...
11:09 March 25, 2010 by Newyork-Växjö
@Lars J

Kids can integrate very quickly specially those without parents. I hope you spend your tax on your retirement time.


you and your racist comments will never stop. Kids are born to cause problem. for while think what you done when you were kid... i am sure you have used more diapers than other kids...

nobody is really interested to leave their country unless there is some problem.

remember when Swedes had nothing to eat in Sweden no jobs nothing all they fled to USA now you can find more than 4 million Swedes who were economical refugee not war.

So let be fair to all humans and you never know what happen tomorrow to your country and when you fly to another land.

Everyday more than 100 people die in Afghanistan either by NATO or others.

Afghan kids deserve more love. there is not any single Afghan terrorist involvement in any bombing. Afghans only kicks as s in their land if you come as invaders but as guest you are welcome.
12:02 March 25, 2010 by uunbeliever
Every day I live in Sweden I realize more and more what a xenophobic and racist country this is.

Too bad, children don't need this kind of crap.
12:54 March 25, 2010 by bolababu
@Newyork-växjö, very good answer especially to the Loacaler. Kids are trouble, no matter where they come from. Besides, I have never seen any kids as spoiled as Swedish kids are, they often hang around town too, get drunk, say derogatory words at passers-bye, can't be controlled by anyone, not even their parents. Whatever it is other kids do when they come here, they learn from Swedish kids.

Glad to see they are not completely thrown out though, the government has at least shown some goodwill by proposing to fund their well-being while in their home-lands. Not a completely bad situation for them.
17:04 March 25, 2010 by hpunlimited
Very good initive. It is always better to stay in Somalia and Afghanistan where they know the language and culture as long as they are safe in the orphanage. I think that instead of taking refugees into Sweden, it is better that the Foreign Aid is put into things like this, that way they do not have to take the dangerous trip across the world to be safe if they can be safe at home instead.
17:09 March 25, 2010 by Puffin
I would have thought that foreign owned orphanages would be a huge target for militants in a country like Afghanistan
23:44 March 25, 2010 by Authentica
Most of the people in Sweden aren't aware of the fact that these kids' parents SEND them to Sweden (for economic reasons) Good thing the swedish govt. knows this so this orphanages would be a big slap to those parents.
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