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Integration minister warns of increased prejudice after riots

Published torsdag 30 maj 2013 kl 16.29
Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag. Photo: Bertil Ericson/Scanpix

Unrest in Husby will increase the prejudice against the local inhabitants, warned Sweden's integration minister Erik Ullenhag on a visit to neighbouring Tensta on Thursday.

Ullenhag did not visit the troubled suburbs when the violence was at its worst last week.

"The stone throwing and those who burned cars got enough attention last week. Now it's about trying to lift up the positive forces and show that we care about the residents seriously," Ullenhag said to news agency TT.

In addition to students at Tensta Gymnasium, Ullenhag met the local police and parent associations.

One of the students, Mert Yilmaz, said that the car fires are a result of segregation in Sweden.

"It would be better if the refugees coming to Sweden settled in the inner city instead, then it would not happen," he said.

Ullenhag stressed that one cannot determine where people settle.

"The problem is that those that have done well have chosen to move on. We need to have a positive spiral. For example, why is there no mosque in Tensta, I think this is strange," said Ullenhag.

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