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Refugee kids moved on after Swedes protest

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Refugee kids moved on after Swedes protest
This pier in Torsby will never be a sight for refugee childrens' eyes. Photo: Torsby Kommun
12:08 CEST+02:00
Plans to establish housing for refugee children in western Sweden have been halted by protests from residents.

The city council of Torsby, a town in Värmland, western Sweden, planned to use an old vicarage as housing for six refugees children.  

However, all eleven nearby residents protested the decision. Now the city must find another solution.

"I am surprised and disappointed," local commissioner Ann-Katrin Järåsen told Sveriges Radio (SR) on Wednesday.

"I thought we were more welcoming than that."

The residents in the area expressed concern that the value of their own houses would decrease, and that the calm, peaceful atmosphere of the area would be disturbed. 

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