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Not Enough Councils Accepting Child Refugees

Published söndag 6 september 2009 kl 11.41

The number of unaccompanied child migrants to Sweden is growing, but there is nowhere for them to go, according to daily Dagens Nyheter.

The paper says that 60 - 70 children are arriving in Sweden each month, mostly from Somalia and Afghanistan, but that not enough local councils are ready to find them a home and school.

Local councils in Sweden have to sign a contract with the migration authorities if they are willing to accept refugees, and at the moment only 98 of Sweden's 290 councils have put pen to paper, even though councils can get extra funding from the government to cover the costs.

Sweden's Migration Minister Tobias Billström has openly spoken out in the media asking more councils to accept the child refugees, but the response has been less than they had hoped.

Now Sophia Öhvall Lindberg from the Swedish Migration Authority, which provides halfway houses for newly arrived refugees, tells DN that they can't cope anymore.

"We have over 350 children in temporary housing waiting for a placement, that's 100 more than last summer", she says.

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