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Newly arrived immigrants stuck in transit

Published torsdag 26 april 2012 kl 11.20
Rising number of newly arrived immigrants get stuck in temporary housing. Photo: Anders Wiklund / SCANPIX.

An increasing number of newly arrived immigrants are staying in temporary refugee complexes, despite having received temporary residence permission, according to news agency TT.

3,000 refugees currently live in housing provided by the Migration Board. The number who get stuck in transit after their arrival has increased by 400 since the start of the year.

Despite being able to work and live outside of the refugee complexes, immigrants stay there due to difficulties in finding places.

The Swedish Public Employment Service has been responsible for newly arrived immigrants since 2010. This decision was made as part of a reform that aimed to ensure a speedier integration into society for immigrants. According to TT, the Service has struggled to find housing and jobs for the new arrivals.

The reform says that immigrants are entitled to support from the state during a two-year transition period after they have gained the right to live in Sweden.

Investigations show however, that it takes a long time for immigrants to be placed in a municipality and to get access to the support they are entitled to in order to make their integration easier.

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