Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag hopes the two coordinators will push municipalities to accept more refugees. Photo: TT

Government wants municipalities to accept more refugees

The government wants to pressurise municipalities in the country to accept more refugees, newspaper Svenska Dagbladet reports. It has appointed two co-ordinators to travel around and motivate municipalities with a low number of refugees and a healthy labour market to increase their refugee acceptance rates.

In 2013, Sweden accepted over 33,000 refugees, but the number of refugees accepted by each municipality varies greatly. The northern municipality Sorsele took on 25 refugees per 1,000 inhabitants whereas the southern municipality Vellinge accepted only one.

Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag says that the situation has improved, but that some municipalities still need a push.

"It's is not right to see municipalities with a healthy labour market not take responsibility and accept refugees," Ullenhag says.

The two appointed co-ordinators have been named as the former mayor of Uppsala, Gunnar Hedberg, of the conservative Moderate Party and Social Democrat Lars Stjernkvist, mayor of Norrköping.

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