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Opposition members support migration minister

Published söndag 22 april 2012 kl 17.44
Maria Ferm, the Green Party's spokesperson for migration policy, in parliament. File photo: Scanpix

Two opposition parties say they are in favour of the migration minister's aim to force municipalities to care for underage asylum seekers.

Main left-of-centre opposition party the Social Democrats and the smaller Green Party are cautiously optimistic but want more details.

Tobias Billström, the Moderate migration minister, says if he has his way the proposal will be voted into law before general elections in 2014.

"We would like to see a bill that makes it impossible for the municpalities to refuse," says Maria Ferm, the Green Party's spokesperson for migration policy.

"There are challenges in how we receive underage asylum seekers who arriver here alone," she says

"We think there must be a shared responsibility based on solidarity," says her Social Democrat counterpart Eva-Lena Jansson, who also called for more concrete information before making any conclusive statement.

"I presume that such a proposal would include ideas about how to financially compensate the municipalities for their work," she adds.

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