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Refugees

New Rules Suggested for Asylum Seekers

Published tisdag 24 februari 2009 kl 12.39

Asylum seekers should be allowed to get a job as soon as they come to Sweden. That’s the suggestion of a government sponsored study, delivered to migration minister Tobias Billström today. The study claims it will break a chain of dependency on state welfare benefits and mean asylum seekers will be able to contribute to society straight away.

The study also wants asylum seekers to live in so-called ”asylum housing” for the first 4 weeks following their arrival to Sweden, the special housing would make it easier for the authorities to complete its studies into the refugees’ situation and whether they have the right to asylum here.

The asylum seeker would then be offered housing in an area with jobs and housing available, if they choose to go somewhere else, they would lose part of money they get from the state.

The current system, where asylum seekers get to choose themselves where they live, has led to high concentrations of asylum seekers in some parts of the larger cities, and problems for the refugees to get housing and jobs.

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