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Agency pockets millions for refugee housing

TT/The Local · 25 Oct 2010, 08:56

Published: 25 Oct 2010 08:56 GMT+02:00

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However, only half of the funds it has received have actually been used for accommodation.

The city of Malmö pays VoB Syd 37,000 kronor per day to operate transitional housing for unaccompanied refugee children in nearby Lomma, newspaper Sydsvenskan reported on Monday.

VoB Syd works with vulnerable children, youth and families to offer emergency housing for investigations and hearings. It is jointly owned by a number of municipalities in southern Sweden's Skåne and Småland, including the Skåne Association of Local Authorities and the VoB Kronoberg municipal board.

By cutting back on staff, the care company has made millions in profits.

"The occupancy has varied. When there is lower occupancy, we need less staff," VoB Syd CEO Rolf Beckman told the newspaper, admitting as well that the company's profits were high.

The city has promised to review its agreement with the company.

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"We do not scrutinise how VoB Syd uses the money. However, there is no doubt that this really stings. It's shocking. We need to look at how they fulfill the contract with us," Annelie Larsson, administrative director of social resources management at the city of Malmö, told Sydsvenskan.

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09:44 October 25, 2010 by Sam1
this website like all other media sources tries to gather hate towards refugees...

just like any Nazi Media...

Now that 3 million krown is nothing !!! its spent on one operation on a down syndrome person in Jämtland...

its much less then what they spend on an old man and what is employed to serve him and his house and medication cost....(WETHER HE WAS WORKING OR ON SOCIAL BIDRAG whole life)

But media come with new and leaves other news to bring hate and disunity between people..GOD WILL PUNISH you for what you create between people(remember that you who has a heart full of racism and write all this crap)
10:02 October 25, 2010 by Carnitas
If you think that The Local is anti-refugee then may I suggest a head examination?
10:14 October 25, 2010 by Sam1

All I see here news chosen and written in a way to annoy Swedish people...

I'm a psychologist so I check people...

All news about immigrants on ENGLISH news they choose words that sparks fire, its like they always see the cup half empty..its like a cop asking how fast was the car travelling instead of asking the speak of the car..

They use words that bring about haterade and disunity...

and make commentators say I SUPPORT SD and crap after reading the news...its had a goal...and its run by racist people wether Sweds or Swed ass kissers like the pakistani guy that wouldnt shake my hand because he is born here and hates immigrants.
10:53 October 25, 2010 by cowboykodp
Interesting stat for you "Concerned" people and SD lovers:

80% of all refugees find asylum in developing countries.

10% of all migrants in Europe are asylum seekers.
11:03 October 25, 2010 by Sam1

Very true out of all those people thrown from their countries suffering( because of an invading USA UK army) and have problems 80% and more are In places like India and so on..

10 % in Europe and 10% go back and die or survive.

The highest number of immigrants are blond immigrant finnish and movik ending names...western and eastern Europe.

The ones which are not noticed.

The ones which they make a BIG deal about are the ones with black hair..

mostly iraqis...these people are here because of USA and USA taking their petrol and dividing it and telling countries that help them keep quite we give you money and petrol and make deals we give you a piece of the pie.

But too bad those worthless SD and killers dont understand and see the big picture
11:06 October 25, 2010 by Elias06
I would like to understand something : Why THE LOCAL allows adding comments when it comes to anti-immigrant news, and its not allowed to comment articles talking about problems immigrants are suffering from such like the artcles about the malmo gunman.

and this news im OK with it if its true of course, even tough iam sure its well oriented toward what the local wants us to believe : refugees are costing a lot to sweden wake up people !!!
11:09 October 25, 2010 by cowboykodp

But don't you know that these asylum seekers in the Western world are here because they hate their own countries and want to take over Europe.

11:17 October 25, 2010 by hpunlimited
Very simple, send the bill for these people to the foreign governments that these people are citizens in. Every country has to take responisibility for their own and not just showel the responisbility over to a peaceful country like Sweden.

Sweden has problems taking care of their own, there is absolutely no room for Sweden to be the worlds "Nanny".
11:26 October 25, 2010 by cowboykodp

That is actually a fantastic idea I must say.

But then again, the cost to the Swedish/European people is not really the issue here, is it?

The ugly truth is that SD and their numerous supporters have created a less than desirable atmosphere in Sweden.

I hope for every ones sake, this stops soon.

(yes, I know what the response will be, so I will save you the effort. "Its the Muslims/refugee/non-white/3rd worlds fault")
11:27 October 25, 2010 by Rishonim

Don't you think it would be easier for an Afghan refugee to go to Saudi or Iran for example? These countries are lot closer geographically so why risk it to come this far?
11:36 October 25, 2010 by cowboykodp

I don't know if you know this, but Iran is the number one country in the world accepting refugees.

I have many Iranian friends in the US, and they are very proud of their history. For example, many Jews were saved from all over the Middle East and they have the 2nd largest Jewish community in the ME, outside of Israel.

Now they have to get rid of their embarrassing "president", and take their rightful place on the world stage.
11:39 October 25, 2010 by hpunlimited

If a Swedish citizen uses the wellfare system in the Netherlands, the bill is sent to the Swedish government, so yes it would be wonderful idea if this system was worldwide.

Another great idea would be to deduct or classify it as "foreign aid" within Swedish borders. After all, does it really matter if Sweden feeds, clothes and educates someone with in the Somalie border or within the Swedish border?
11:46 October 25, 2010 by cowboykodp

I think you should write the government here in Sweden or UN Refugee section and suggest that.

It would definitely eliminate one of the retarded arguments used by SD/PVV/etc...
11:51 October 25, 2010 by hpunlimited
Yes, I can understand some of the concern that SD and people in Sweden has with the refugee problem. How ever SD are reacting the wrong way, it is not a race or religious problem, the problem are foreign governments that show no regard or responsibility for their own citizens. It is unfair the make Sweden pay for their misstakes or ignorance.
13:00 October 25, 2010 by Audrian
The last six months this discussion board has been dominated by those who spewed hate and denigrate minorities and mobilize like minds. Those with fascist outlook from some European countries and US have been poisoning the discussion board with hate language. The result of a concerted effort by racist in Sweden has resulted in the shooting of minorities in Southern Sweden. Are this people are not democrats? They are Fascists seeking to build a totalitarian state similar to that by Hitler and Mussolini

This is my resolution. If I ever hear campaign against minorities including Jews and Arabs, Iranian, Mexicans, or African I will delta my name from this discussion board immediately, because I see no point discussing with them. They have come with a mission to poison the political atmosphere in Sweden.
13:06 October 25, 2010 by cowboykodp

This is exactly what these bigots are hoping for. That you stop countering their hateful ideology.
13:20 October 25, 2010 by LuxVeritas
Maybe I'm way off base, bus surely; in the case of Afghanistan and Iraq, not to mention slight variations in other places.

If the north western hemisphere located elite controlling insane who covet everything which is not theirs, would not create a scenario to bomb the hell out of a country, use cancer causing depleted uranium (against the Geneva convention, which is apparently a worthless paper when suited), poison air, food and water of a country while rapping its natural resources, then maybe foreign nations would not have to flee for their lives.

Racism is tooled against the weak minded. It serves the purpose of keeping people divided and hateful. Divided people don't attack the injustices of their state, unjust tax, control, unscrupulous corporations, unjust transfer of wealth, fake debt based currency to rob the people, fake free markets, corrupt courts, politicians, etc. etc.

T-Vision-Programming, news-Stories, manufacturing consent, engineering society, pre-emptive programming, Te ipsum concute = Latin, meaning examine yourself. I wonder how many of our ideas, views, beliefs, are actually our own? Arrived at through bias free factual information and clear reasoning. "That pretty lady told me on the news, so it must be true." What am I being told? Who is telling me? Why are they telling me?

"Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play." - Joseph Goebbels.

"Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to combe back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don't want war neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country." - Hermann Goering.

"They who seek to establish systems of government based on the regimentation of all human beings by a handful of individual rulers call this a new world order. It is not new and it is not order." - Franklin D. Roosevelt.
14:50 October 25, 2010 by Kevin Harris
The scandal here is not a supplier making too much profits, it is the buyer agreeing to pay the price in the first place.

Who negotiated this deal on behalf of the City of Malmö? They have agreed to pay far more for a service than it actually costs. The fault is not VoB Syd's they are entitled to ask to be paid any amount they see fit. It is for the buyer to reject that price and suggest a cheaper one.

More taxpayers' money down the drain. Don't worry Malmö, there's plenty more where that came from.
15:05 October 25, 2010 by Streja
Well Kevin that's what happens when you give benefits to company bosses.
15:14 October 25, 2010 by calebian22
It would be interesting to know what the political affiliations of the profiteers actually are. Chances are they are not associated with SD.
15:24 October 25, 2010 by cowboykodp
Sorry in advance Caleb, I know you are an SD fan but:

SD members most likely are not too bright to be dealing with financial issues.

I just heard that SD has offered a 25000:- reward for information leading to the arrest of the shooter. Wow, I thought they would be paying people to do the shooting.

Such good folks these SD people turned out to be.

Classic case of feeling a bit guilty?
15:38 October 25, 2010 by calebian22
The majority of SD's increase came from disillusioned Moderates and Social Dems. In 2006 they were bright but now in 2010 they are not? It is easy to insult and to label, Cowboy, but laying collective bigotry upon SD does not make sense.
15:54 October 25, 2010 by cowboykodp

It all depends how you define bigotry, I guess.

The word INTOLERANCE is the key word. Would you say the majority of SD members are intolerant towards Muslims?

Now, bias is also a key word. As human beings, we are biased and prejudiced. One can not deny that. However, if there was a group saying that Jews are evil and money hungry and that Christians molest children, then I bet you would feel a bit different in your evaluation of such groups.

Never mind what the "Enemy" does, one can never surrender their honor when things get tough. I have no doubt that if Jesus was alive today, he would be telling you EXACTLY what I am saying.
16:08 October 25, 2010 by Audrian
@cowboykodp, thank you for the statement. Further clarification might be in order.

This discussion board is meant for analyzing "local news" in light of what we know and information that we have come across. Instead a group has hijacked this principle in favor mobilizing criminals to hunt minorities in Sweden. As an individual interested in free and honest exchange of information I condemn it. Beyond that there is nothing I can do except withdrawing my name from the discussion board. If however, the editor takes action to prevent the racist onslaught I will continue presenting my views.
16:41 October 25, 2010 by calebian22

I can't speak for Jesus and frankly that has little bearing on anything political in my view. Religion has no place in politics. Religion's place in the heart.

As for the SD intolerance for Islam, I can't speak for any member of SD. However, let me ask this. You seem to be intolerant of the perceived intolerance of SD, and this does not bother you. How is SD's intolerance of an intolerant religion unacceptable to you?
16:54 October 25, 2010 by cowboykodp

Again BIAS.

It is YOUR interpretation, based on bias, that Islam is intolerant.

It is however universally accepted that SD members are intolerant toward Muslims/Refugees/ etc... (ie Bigots)

And yes, I am completely intolerant towards hate, racism, anti-semitism, bashing, etc...

Example: Xenophobia is an IRRATIONAL fear of......

Lets not confuse SD members, with SD voters either. I am sure there are SD voters that are not necessarily bigots...????...!!!!
17:03 October 25, 2010 by calebian22

Okay, fair enough. My view is that Islam is intolerant. Show me an example of the tolerance of Islam in today's world. Where in the world where Islam is in the majority, that minority religions and atheists are equals in all aspects of society? I would assume since you are on the other side of this debate you will have an infinite number of examples of Islam's tolerance. I am perfectly willing to listen.

I also disagree with the universal acceptance that SD members are all intolerant. However, since personally knowing every member of SD is not possible for me or for you, that one will get us no where.
17:19 October 25, 2010 by cowboykodp
Honestly Caleb, there is no point in certain discussions.

If you want to truly find answers to your inquiry, then I am sure you can find it yourself.

Just be sure to put on your objectivity lens as opposed to your bias lens.

I TRY to be a humanist. Not a Christian, Muslim or Jew. I support all, regardless of their religion, color, or nationality. That is the side I am on.
17:50 October 25, 2010 by calebian22

Fair enough. However, I find it interesting that you claim that the intolerance of SD is universally accepted, but when I ask you to clarify the tolerance of Islam, the discussion is over.

Your final statement is a noble one. However, life comes down to choosing sides most of the time.
18:12 October 25, 2010 by cowboykodp

I have been around long enough to smell traps and baiting, even from one as interesting as you.

"What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place." Winston Churchill
20:31 October 25, 2010 by Swedesmith
I am siding with calebian on this issue. The major stumbling block I run into when asked to be tolerant of Islam is that Islam is not tolerant of me...or any other one else whose religion is not Muslim. They even have a special name for non-believers and instructions from their holy book on how to deal with us. From the seemingly benign (not permissable to befriend an infidel) up to the more radical (it is permissible to kill an infidel).

What is your definition of tolerance?
21:30 October 25, 2010 by cowboykodp
OK, let me get this right. We are afraid of Islam because they are intolerant and want to take over Europe and force their backward, violent ideology on us in the west. We are also afraid because they want to terrorize us, and kill us because their holy book says "It is permissible to kill infidels".

We can also claim this because 3000 innocent people of all nationalities were killed on 9/11 and 100's killed in London, and 100's killed in Spain. Furthermore, we have had Van Gogh killed in the Netherlands. All this is done in the name of Islam and therefore all 2 billion Muslims are responsible.

So what do we do? We attack Iraq and kill 150,000 plus people, who had nothing to do with 9/11. Attack Afghanistan and kill another 100,000 people who had nothing to do with terrorism. Thus creating mass refugees in the world.

Now, lets see, If I was an alien who came down from another galaxy who do you think I would say should be more afraid? Muslims from us or us from Muslims?

I don't know Sherlock, what is your definition of tolerance? Of reason? Of humanity? Of irrationality?
21:46 October 25, 2010 by Swedesmith
Well, Holmes, I didn't say afraid. I said intolerant. It's a two way street. I respect your rights and you respect mine.
22:16 October 25, 2010 by cowboykodp

See comment #28
23:51 October 25, 2010 by Swedesmith
I take it you are referring to your support of all people regardless of race, color, religion, etc. If so, then that's great! I applaud you. That's how it should be. But that's you. I am speaking of Islam.

If Islam wants others to tolerate it, then it should tolerate others. Simple.
10:40 October 26, 2010 by cowboykodp
Intolerance comes from fear.

Islam fears the west is run a mock with sex and violence and non conservative values.

( wrongly or rightly) So they fear it and thus reject it. Intolerance is born.

The west fears Islam because they are worried about their safety and culture.

(wrongly or rightly) So they fear it and thus reject it. Intolerance is born.

You see where I am going with this?

In my personal opinion, all major religions are intolerant and each "holy" book has passages which can be interpreted in a variety of ways.

Language is very interesting. For example in Swedish to get a hair cut one literally says: "I am going to cut myself today". That sounds very strange. For as in English one says "I am going to cut my hair today".

You see what I mean?

In short, my dear SS, one must make friends with people and draw conclusions about people through their own experiences. Everything else just fuels perpetual mistrust and hate and fear and therefore intolerance.

I am not excusing Muslims who also judge all westerners to be immoral. There are immoral westerners and immoral easterners.

I have traveled the world and met people of all religions and cultures and colors. 99% of all people are the same.

PS. I am jealous of you that you now live in the US. I miss it.
15:50 October 26, 2010 by Swedesmith
And I am jealous that you are now in Sweden. The grass is always greener...
22:06 October 26, 2010 by JoeSwede
Muslims come from a great culture and represent a great people. As a culture they have some issues to deal with as they grow and intigrate into the 21st century. Women's rights and the acceptance of common law...

Is it immoral and/or unfair for non-Muslim Swedes to resent the possible increase in influence from Muslims as they immigrate to Sweden.
11:11 October 27, 2010 by cowboykodp

The answer is a resounding no.

This is Sweden and everyone has to learn the language and accept the culture wherever the immigrate to.

That said, we as Swedes/westerners must allow everyone to keep their own culture, if they want to. As long as it does not infringe on others rights. This only serves to enrich our own culture.

I happen to think many (although a minority) are scaremongering. Slow down, or stop all immigration if that is what is decided by the majority. However, blaming people of a certain group for all our problems will backfire.

These people are here legally, and must be treated as equals.
16:24 October 27, 2010 by Swedesmith
True, but all immigrants must be prepared to assimilate into the culture of the host country and become part of it. Certainly they may maintain their own unique culture but must be prepared to compromise and change. Immigrants must bend to the will of the host country not expect the host country to bend to their will.
16:53 October 27, 2010 by cowboykodp

I don't know when you were in Sweden last time, but the Swedish culture is doing just fine and is in no danger of disappearing, ever. No one is "bending to the will" of immigrants.

In fact the vast majority of immigrants love Swedish culture and embrace it.

Again, over exaggeration, misinformation and fear mongering is in abundance.
17:27 October 27, 2010 by Swedesmith
Visit Malmö someday. I suggest, for safety's sake, in the daytime.
17:27 October 27, 2010 by jbickley1278
Our world is paralyzed by fear. Every day you turn on the news and see evidence of our impending doom. Pretty depressing stuff! Fortunately, there's good news! There is hope. See for yourself, visit: Story4.Us/2050.
17:50 October 27, 2010 by cowboykodp
I have visited Malmö, day time and night time. Its full of awsome restaurants, fun and lively people.

In fact my friends (white Swedes) who are jazz, and rock musicians live smack dab in the middle of Malmö. And guess what, they love it.

Any more bright ideas???
18:26 October 27, 2010 by Swedesmith
Well, then I will have to visit there next time I am in Sweden.
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