Center Party: reward areas that take refugees
In their take on the controversial of asylum policy, the Center Party wants municipalities to get full state compensation for receiving asylum seekers instead of only getting a standard amount, Swedish Radio News reports.
The proposal is part of a 20-point 'integration package' that the Center Party will present and discuss today.
Today municipalities receive a standard amount of money from the Migration Board to provide an asylum seeker with housing, healthcare and education, and party leader Annie Lööf says this amount is too low for many municipalities.
"The standard amount is low and doesn't cover all the costs involved in receiving asylum seekers. The budget is off about one billion SEK, and this is something we will look into further when we put forward our budget proposal this spring," Lööf tells Swedish Radio News.
The Center Party is the third party in the four-party centre-right alliance that has presented new proposals regarding immigration since the election last year.
Earlier this week the Liberal Party presented a language exam proposal in order to qualify for Swedish citizenship and the Christian Democrats suggested to cutting the cost of immigration, by lowering the benefits for asylum seekers and to also offer asylum seekers temporary residence permits instead of the permanent that refugees get today.