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Local councils fail to house refugee quotas

Published torsdag 24 november 2016 kl 11.49
Many arrange their own housing
(1:29 min)
Refugee housing
Credit: Jessica Gow/TT

Local councils are legally bound to receive a set number of refugees who have been granted residence permits, but one in six councils do not even meet half their quotas.

More than 21,000 people have however arranged their own housing, and twice as many have chosen housing provided by the Migration Agency. But those who arrange their own housing do not count in the state quotas.

“Thousands more people move here of their own accord when they have been granted residence permits than the ones we receive via the quota. But the quota means it is the city’s responsibility to provide housing and that is difficult in a city like Helsingborg, which is growing very rapidly and where we also have a housing shortage,” Peter Danielsson, mayor of Helsingborg, told Swedish Radio.

Local councils in Sweden are required to receive a total of 21,700 refugees who have been granted residence permits this year, but with one month remaining only 57 per cent of those people have been accommodated. Last Sunday 45 local councils had not even filled half their quotas.

Several local councils now demand that the state lower the quotas, or lower the pace for the reception of these refugees.

Those local councils that have been assigned the highest quotas are generally having more difficulties arranging housing, according to the survey by Swedish Radio. Stockholm, Lund and Tyresö have each received less than a third of their quotas.

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