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Refugee Hostel Causing Upset in Skåne

Published torsdag 12 november 2009 kl 12.45
The former youth hostel will be used as a temporary solution for accommodating the refugee children

The local council of Vellinge in Skåne in southern Sweden has done all it can to stop Malmö Town from using a former youth hostel in the community as a transit centre for refugee children.

But on Wednesday evening the Health and Safety inspectors gave a green light for the hostel to be used as accommodation, and 30 children - all boys under the age of 18 - are due to move in during the course of Thursday. The local police is reported to keep a close eye on the security situation at the hostel.

The plans have caused a lot of upset in Vellinge, but the Minister for Immigration, Tobias Billström says in the daily Aftonbladet that receiving child refugees who come here without their parents is a responsibility for Swedish councils "whether Vellinge wants it or not". He also points out that financial arguments against the plans are untenable, since the council will get full compensation from the state for its costs.

Southern Sweden has seen the number of lone coming child refugees - mainly from Afghanistan and Somalia - increasing sharply since this summer and the lack of accommodation is acute.

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