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at odds with the government

Greens demand care for undocumented migrants

Published lördag 5 maj 2012 kl 15.27
Green Party spokesperson Gustav Fridolin.

The Green Party says it will end its cooperation with the centre-right government over migration issues if the main Moderate Party does not allow health care for migrants without residence permits.

The minority party's spokesperson Gustav Fridolin on Saturday told Swedish Radio that the Greens would end all cooperation by the autumn session of parliament if the reform was not put into practice.

The party hailed a "more humane stance" when it reached its agreement with the government last year, but free health care has still not been implemented.

Fridolin says the lack of progress is due to internal divisions in the government coalition, which is made up of the main Moderate Party and three smaller parties.

"It's been difficult for us to even set a time for negotiations," he said. "The government has always been able to say there was no unity in the coalition."

"The Social Affairs Minister Göran Hägglund of the Christian Democrats also wants this reform, but he's been hampered by the Moderates," said Fridolin.

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