“The way it works now, just a handful of districts in large cities take all responsibility for Sweden’s asylum policy,” he said. “It can’t continue like this.”
Under the proposals councils would receive additional funding to provide reception services for refugees, and lack of available accommodation would not be accepted as grounds to refuse them.
Migration minister Tobias Billström replied that the proposal would not change the fact that people do not want to move to certain areas.
“The problem is that you’re assuming there would also be forced settlement [of refugees]. If you just say that a council has to accept people but then no one moves there, what would that achieve? Nothing.”