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asylum policy

More Transit Facilities for Young Refugees

Published tisdag 17 november 2009 kl 08.48
Hoping for better times - young refugees in Sweden

Due to rising numbers of unaccompanied juvenile refugees seeking asylum in Sweden the country’s migration board has decided that more municipalities must take care of newly arriving youths. The number was raised from four to ten.

The migration board has pointed out that four years ago 389 under-age refugees arrived unaccompanied in Sweden. This year the number is expected to exceed 2400. The youngsters are placed in so-called arrival or transit municipalities until the migration authorities decide on permanent places of residence.

An opinion poll held in the Vellinge municipality south of Malmö shows that two thirds of the local population support the decision to run a camp for unaccompanied young refugees. This contradicts statements from the conservative-led local council that a majority was against the camp which was instigated by the Malmö administration.

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