An underage refugee from Somalia
refugee policy

Deficient Welcome of Refugee Children

A new report maintains that there are serious shortcomings in municipalities’ reception of refugee children who arrive alone in Sweden. The biggest problem involves those who live in homes with family or friends.

These family homes are only checked after the underage refugees arrive, meaning that the children could be placed in dangerous or exploitative conditions.

Municipalities receive refugee children who come alone to Sweden on a voluntary basis, and the system is only set up for the reception of a total of 300-400 children per year. But over 2,500 such refugees arrive every year, straining the municipalities’ resources and even open-mindedness to taking in the children.

The coordinator of the study warns that the government may have to introduce compulsory measures if the municipalities cannot manage taking care of the refugee children themselves.

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