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Sweden enlists cartoon bear to help asylum seeking children

TT/The Local · 29 Nov 2010, 11:03

Published: 29 Nov 2010 11:03 GMT+01:00

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For the first time, the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket), has launched an extensive information campaign aimed at helping the thousands of asylum seeking children in Sweden with the publication of a specially written edition of Bamse.

The comic book will include a story about a girl bunny rabbit who seeks and obtains asylum and a story of a boy badger who may be refused asylum.

It will deal with returns, children's emotions during the asylum process, children’s rights, an explanation of the asylum process itself and a glossary.

“We got the idea from working with Bamse material in schools and with children and young people. Children understand pictures better than just the spoken word.” project leader, Anne Kungsmann-Pearson from the Swedish Migration Board told TT.

The specially published comic book will explain the asylum process using pictures and the mother tongues of the reader. At the moment it will be produced in six languages - Albanian, Arabic, English, Somalian, Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian (SKB), and Swedish.

This year alone, nearly 10,000 people under 18 have sought asylum in Sweden, but no specific information has been around for kids. This project has been mostly funded by the EU.

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Bamse is a much loved cartoon bear created by Swedish artist Rune Andreasson in 1966 which has been featured in a monthly comic book since 1973. He is the "world's strongest bear" who gets his powers from his grandmother's special honey.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

13:31 November 29, 2010 by pjtaipale
Since a bear is haram, I'd suggest replacing Bamse with something neutral. Rabbits are much better but they still would offend vegan asylum seekers. How about a tofu character? Note it has to be without gender, to avoid any prejudices.
17:04 November 29, 2010 by Syftfel
Do I read this correctly? A "child" can apply for asylum in Sweden? Does this mean that a minor can come here and Sweden will swing its doors open without the child's parental consent? This would be considered 'kidnapping' in most of the civilized world. And a "child" is someone up to the age of 18? Can a 6-year old come and knock on the door and be let in? - And to think that at 18 they can vote??? - And isn't it unlikely that a parent, or guardian, would have a higher standard of cognitive abilities than to need Bamse as a role mode?? No wonder the soc dems even got the votes they did last September 19! And will any "child" so admitted then become an 'anchor baby' to the rest of the extended clan who will follow in tow? How will they support themselves? Me, the tax payer? What am I missing here? And what's wrong with his picture? Admittedly I'm obviously totally ignorant but something does not add up. Please explain. Thanks.
18:26 November 29, 2010 by planet.sweden
What the article fails to point out whether through ignorance or negligence is that Bamse was dreamt up by the Swedish Left as a vehicle with which to indoctrinate Swedish kids into a socialist way of thinking before they even reached the age of 10.

This is not an opinion, it's a recognised fact. When I first arrived in Sweden a Swedish colleague bought me a copy of Bamse to show me what I'd be up against.

Bamse is forever having to save the world from fat capitalist types in Rolls Royce's, bedecked in pin stripes and smoking big cigars, who have dreamt up various money making scams which either destroy the planet, make people homeless, or charge them for crossing bridges. Bamse's friend Skalman also has a penchant for reading both Marx and Mao.

So when the Swedish Left establishment think of indoctrinated young Swedes round to their ideological way of thinking over asylum it is perhaps natural that Bamse yet again comes to mind. From their point of view he's a tried and trusted formula.

Indoctrination and Swedes passive, even sheep like refusal to take a stand, or think for themselves, is a national disease in this country.

In fact it's Sweden's achilles heal, and the reason why their future is actually beginning to look rather bleak.
19:37 November 29, 2010 by jazzIIIlove

Explain us what "haram" is...
22:04 November 29, 2010 by Tanskalainen
Where are the little rags on their heads?
22:12 November 29, 2010 by eviking
It would seem to me that the concerns of other commentators are unwarranted. What these children need is a warm fuzzy politician, not a bear. What kind of place gives refuge to people who had a part in starting a war while sending orphans back to the war zone. There seems that the entropy level is inversely proportional to the logic level. In other words there seem to be an increasing number of Nazis,Commies,and Pigs in the world but not so many people.
23:32 November 29, 2010 by mkvgtired
Does he explain how to navigate the welfare office as well? How to "holiday" in Somalia, Sudan, and Pakistan once receiving government aid? Or how to funnel the newly acquired taxpayer wealth "unknowingly" to groups that support terrorism? If not the film crew still has some work to do if they want these children to seamlessly integrate into their subcultures. Just remember to be respectful of the cultures that would like to use your own wealth to attack you.
00:01 November 30, 2010 by OnessOfMankind
Every one began with prejudice comments and discriminative ones...

Children are children they are just talking about school you guys brought in lots of hate and other topics in.
06:45 November 30, 2010 by rymagnusson
It didn't take long for the comments to go from outright bigotry to insane conspiracy theory. Good job, you US crazies.
09:04 November 30, 2010 by calebian22
Haram is "forbidden," and it is the opposite of halal.
16:05 November 30, 2010 by pjtaipale
@Syftfel: of course there are "child" asylum seekers. There are multiple ways how they arrive, and some are actually children, and of course the state has to take care of them, because you cannot just deport small children without a due process.

Other applicants are youngsters (mostly boys) who in normal circumstances wouldn't be called "children" but "adolescents". However, from the legal point of view they are children, minors, "barn". They often survive the trip by passing as adults, and then apply for asylum as minors (while often having destroyed the travel documents that were used for the journey). The officials then try to assess their true age from their stories, as well as physical characteristics, e.g. development of wrists, wisdom teeth etc. Here I think the children are given the benefit of doubt, i.e. they are deemed adults only if the physical examination says they are adults with a safe margin (i.e. their wisdom teeth have developed so well that the person is probably 28 years old, then his claim of being 17 years old is not believed).

This is how it works in Finland, and I think Sweden is very much the same.

A rather typical process is that a child is granted a residence permit because it would be inhuman to extradite a minor, and once they are legal residents, they apply for family unification, which means that their parents can come to the country since their child is already living there.

This method is called "anchor baby", although the "baby" is, as said, often actually an adolescent.

This is a regular pattern in many European democracies.
16:36 November 30, 2010 by Tanskalainen
@ OnenessOf Mankind You are such a wonderful sweet, sweet person! Your comment has certainly shown all of us awful negative commentators the error of our ways! Now hold still while I pee down your throat.
03:24 May 20, 2011 by wenddiver
Was Badger Boy a rapist or wearing a suicide vest to keep warm?

Why don't you do the right thing and draw a prophet Mohammed bear in the series, so the crazies can go behead the cartonist?

@pjtaipale and Tanskalalinen- You have been given honarary US citizenship for your cynical comments!!! Keep up the good work, if you get cynical enough you can get a New York Driver's liscence. Good Stuff!!
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