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Refugees

Hard to Live on 250 Dollars a Month

Published lördag 11 april 2009 kl 11.18
Hard to afford

Under a new proposal from the European Commission, Sweden would have to increase the monthly compensation paid to asylum seekers.

The last time those benefits were increased here was in 1994. One asylum-seeker tells Swedish Radio News that you can’t pay for food, clothing, and transportation in Sweden on just 250 dollars a month.

The European Commission wants the per diem for refugees awaiting decisions on their asylum applications to be at the same level as the welfare benefits for ordinary citizens of EU countries.

Migration Minister Tobias Billström and the Swedish Migration Board have both welcomed the proposal, but some concerns have been expressed about the increased costs.

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