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Vellinge opens its doors

Council Reverses on Young Refugees

Published onsdag 13 januari 2010 kl 09.23
The former youth hostel in Vellinge

The municipality of Vellinge in southern Sweden has reversed its position, and now says it is ready to welcome refugee children arriving here without parents.

Vellinge became notorious in Sweden in November when the neighboring city of Malmö sought to place refugee children at an unused youth hostel there, and the head of the local council tried to stop the project.

Now that same local leader, conservative Moderate council chair Lars-Ingvar Ljungman, tells the newspaper “Sydsvenska Dagbladet” that they have decided to sign an agreement with the Swedish Migration Board to take on between five and eight unaccompanied refugee children.

However, response in the community has been tepid. So far only two families have shown interest in housing the children, and one of them is deemed unsuitable.

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