More resources to fight prejudice
The government is to spend an extra 20 million Swedish kronor over a four-year period to combat xenophobia and intolerance, Minister of Integration Erik Ullenhag told Swedish Radio News.
"In recent years, we have made special efforts to counter anti-semitism and Islamaphobia. But I see a situation in our country where many people continue to have prejudices about Islam and Muslims, so there is a need to discuss this and make it a special focus in the years ahead," says Ullenhag.
In explaining the need for additional resources, the Minister of Integration referred to a recent incident in the Stockholm suburb of Farsta, during which a pregnant muslim woman wearing a hijab was assaulted.