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Malmö church minister: We could have helped migrants for longer

Published torsdag 16 mars kl 16.01
Per Kristiansson: Some say this is not what the church should do
(3:06 min)
A picture of Saint Johannes Church in Malmö
Saint Johannes Church in Malmö hosted hundreds during the migration crisis. Credit: Anna Karolina Eriksson/TT

A Malmö church minister says his congregation could have looked after more asylum seekers, for longer, if the government hadn't stepped in.

Minister Per Kristiansson, who organised efforts to shelter refugees in Malmö St Johannes Church, said he did not agree with the Swedish government's decision to tighten the borders, or its claim that not doing so risked leaving people to sleeping rough.

"Together I am sure we would have been able to manage it."

A survey from the Swedish Church says that eight out of ten local churches took part in activities to help asylum seekers from Autumn 2015.

After the Swedish government brought in sharp restrictions on migration the number of people coming to Sweden fell sharply. Per Kristiansson says his congregation was energised by the experience, but is also somewhat divided.

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