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Fewer refugees in rich areas

Published måndag 1 juli 2013 kl 12.42
Refugees in classroom. Photo Ulla Öhman

The more money a Swedish municipality has, the fewer refugees it welcomes. In contrast, the twenty poorest municipalities in the country accept five times more refugees than do the the richest.

The fewest number of received refugees are to be found in areas run by the conservative Moderates.

This is shown in a mapping done by the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. It has looked closely into how many arriving refugees have been accepted in Sweden's 290 municipalities over the past five years.

"It is obviously provocative when rich municipalities receive fewer refugees than others. It is important for the solidarity of the system the everyone takes a joint responsibility," says Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag of the Liberal Party.

Among the conservative-ruled, wealthy municipalities with a low number of welcomed refugees are Vellinge and Lomma outside Malmö in the south, as well as Täby, Lidingö, Nacka and Danderyd outside Stockholm.

Erik Ullenhag says that municipalities in northern Sweden are often more positive to accepting refugees, since many small towns there are losing their inhabitants to urbanisation.

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