local municipalities

More Care for Child Refugees

One of the hardest situations must be to come alone to a country as a refugee. In Wednesday's issue of broadsheet Dagens Nyheter several Swedish organisations urge more local authorities to take and look after lone child refugees.

So far out of Sweden's 290 municipalities only 98 have an agreement with the Migration Board on taking in lone children. The Children's Ombudsman and Sweden Save the Children say this is not enough.

But the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions says that there are an additional 60 local authorities who do take child refugees, for example the south Stockholm area of Södertälje. The association's head, Håkan Sörman, says that now over half of Sweden's municipalities receive child refugees, and that the children have the same rights whether or not an area has a formal agreement with the Migration Board.