No Success with Cutting Welfare to Rejected Refugees

Swedish immigration authorities say there has been no success in efforts to convince rejected refugees or those with no visas to leave this country by cutting back on their welfare payments.

  As critics expected, the measure has only driven more refugees underground and into desperation – rather than encouraging people to leave Sweden.

Some of the refugees have insisted that it is not always possible to get papers when fleeing from certain regimes – and that life underground here can be better than returning home to face those who tortured or persecuted them.

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