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Housing still scarce for refugee children

TT/David Landes · 21 Oct 2010, 08:37

Published: 21 Oct 2010 08:37 GMT+02:00

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The agency has enlisted the help of Save the Children (Rädda barnen) and Ombudsman for Children (Barnombudsmannen) in sending letters to the country’s county governors asking them to urge municipalities to take on more of the burden.

“We have more than 500 children sitting in reception centres waiting for places elsewhere in Sweden,” Migration Board head Dan Eliasson told Sveriges Radio (SR).

“So it’s a tough situation and there is a huge need for more municipalities to take in more children.”

Currently 170 of Sweden’s 290 municipalities have signed agreements with the Migration Board to accept unaccompanied refugee children, most of whom are boys from Afghanistan and Somalia.

Roughly half of the children are between 16- and 17-years-old, while 35 percent are between 12- and 15-years-old, SR reports.

The agency estimates that a total of 2,400 unaccompanied asylum seeking children will come to Sweden this year.

The Migration Board has turned to municipalities for help in the past, but the situation hasn’t improved much.

Eliasson explained that the shortage of available spaces means many children are forced to spend up to five months living in transitional facilities.

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The delay also slows down the children’s applications for refugee status, as rules stipulate that asylum applications are only reviewed once a child has received permanent placement in a municipality.

“For a young person who is naturally anxious for a decision so they can sort out their life, months seems like an eternity,” Olof Risberg, a psychologist with Save the Children, told SR.

TT/David Landes (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

14:56 October 21, 2010 by Rishonim
Can someone please explain to me how is it possible that a 12-17 year old unaccompanied Afghan or Somali kid make it all the way to Sweden? The distance between Mogadishu and Stockholm is 6785 kilometres and from Afghanistan is 4600...
15:32 October 21, 2010 by Syftfel
Are they truly "refugees",(who may deserve to be admitted) or are they convenient "anchor babies" where soft-hearted liberals will then grant access to throngs of additional family members in the name of "family reunification"?
17:17 October 21, 2010 by Tusker

You are right on the money.

In a perfect world the government would be smart enough to give you, or someone with your insight, the job as head of the Migration Board.But as you well know, that is never going to happen.

But it is nice that they come over to Europe, personally, to thank the taxpayers that have spent billions on their home countries.
18:54 October 21, 2010 by travels
Way to go as far as forever changing Sweden. There will always be an overabundance of "refugees" wanting to come to Sweden and the west. Afghanistan has a fertility rate of 6 kids per woman, is 99% Muslim and has a literacy rate (age 15 and over that can read and write) of only 28%; Somalia's fertility rate is 6.5 kids per woman, 100% Muslim and literacy rate of 38%. Sweden's fertility rate is 1.7 kids per woman, mostly a Christian nation with a literacy rate of 99%. Now Sweden is being forever changed. These refugees will follow their own ways as far as reproduction rates and customs, all paid by Swedish taxpayers. In 50 years, or less, the Sweden of our grandparents will no longer be.
20:25 October 21, 2010 by double concerto
Yes, Sweden will be just another african country with a white minority. Plagued by crime, and slowly but surely, dispossessed of wealth, education, work, and power.
23:09 October 21, 2010 by asian123
here are the future terrorists. i challenge some of them are above 25 years age.

swedish were naively cheated by this so called children.

how come a 17 years or less age can cross so many countries to come to sweden?

are some terrorist groups already in sweden helping them to come to sweden?

these boys seems to quite innocent now . but in future these so called boys help more terrorist "boys" to come to sweden.

i dont see any bright future for sweden.
02:27 October 22, 2010 by gatorage
sorry, but isnt this a sign that the country is taking in too many refugees?????? or a clear sign that Sweden is full and cannot take anymore?

i am all for the humane treatment of all people.. but this is getting ridiculous
04:46 October 22, 2010 by ericrufinosiah
The way,I look at how the so called children of 15-17 could be

in Sweden,if nobody sent them there,must be joking,all the way

from Somalia and Afghanistan.Keep on welcoming them,and if there is shortage of housing then perhaps The New Government

Ministers as well as the PM and the Social Democrat should all

offer their residences to the so called refugees.Not to forget

the 4,000 demonstrators who had demonstrated against Jimme Akesson and his Sweden Democrat,now is the time to put yours'

words into actions and you all cant,then please dont behave

like Gaurdian Angels.
11:54 October 22, 2010 by double concerto
Clear five hundred, and five hundred will take their place, clear five hundred and five hundred will take their place, clear five hundred etc, etc,
18:31 October 22, 2010 by Sam1
I say Sweden should stop accepting immigrants , instead of shooting them in the back, and same time smiling in front of the world camera WE ARE NICE WE LOVE HUMAN RIGHTS....

Stop this Drama, GUYS, you notice how much hate the media is creating between cultures and classes.

They post their news in such a way that sends a messege kill kill...Media is a dangerous poison now adays
06:16 October 25, 2010 by HowSwedeitis
Seems like a desperate situation, for sure. In many ways, Sweden is not taking people from a different nation, but a different time. Low education, highly religious and highly fertile... The immigration issue is a tough one. I believe in the idea of homogenous-ideals. That Sweden is a nation of rights and freedoms. I call for the immediate deportation of anyone who attempts to force their religious beliefs and laws onto anyone, their family included. Honour killings and intimidation must stop. I would love to see Islam, Christianity, Judaism and all other religions and idiotic practices to cease and have an agnostic and sensible population. Free of any barriers; it doesn't matter where you're from, what color or gender you are, you're a Swede! I guess all I can do is dream!

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