Greens: Municipalities must accept child refugees
The Green Party wants new rules that make it illegal for municipalities to refuse refugee children who come to Sweden by themselves.
The party kicked off a conference today in Linköping and Åsa Romson spoke about immigration in her opening speech and said the party wants Sweden to have a more generous immigration policy. Romson says the campaign, "Opening more doors", would, among other measures, allow sick child refugees and children who have put roots down here to stay in the country.
"It is reasonable that all municipalities see it as part of their job to take care of child refugees who come to Sweden on their own," she said. "Sweden has an international responsibility for compassion, and it's something that Swedes want to show to those who need refuge."
Romson added that the treatment of refugees would improve if the municipalities took a shared responsibility to address the challenges.
The Green Party also said it wants Sweden to adopt the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, an international human rights treaty meant to protect the rights of children.