A screen-grab from the video, seen by Swedish Radio in Jönköping.

Video shows asylum home employee shouting at teens

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A video clip showing a refugee housing employee hurling abuse at migrant teens emerged Friday as Swedish authorities reported staff shortages and a growing number of threats and incidents at homes for unaccompanied migrant children.

The video, seen by Swedish Radio’s local station in Jönköping, southern Sweden shows the employee screaming and swearing at the refugee youths. He calls them “pigs” and “idiots”. One of the boys is seen breaking down. He lays on the floor, screaming.

The employee told Swedish Radio News that he has apologised for shouting at the youths, but he also defended his actions, saying he was reacting to something that happened before one of those present started filming.

According to the employee, his colleague had been attacked and, a social services representative from the local municipality said one of the youths has been reported to the police for assault.

Swedish Radio reported that police have been called to the home twice since December 1st. On one occasion, a resident had kicked a member of staff.

Last year, around 35,000 unaccompanied migrant minors applied for asylum in Sweden. A vast majority are teenage boys and they often end up at care homes, with municipalities arranging places for them to stay at short notice. Those homes require 24-hour staff.

However, there is a severe staff shortage in homes across Sweden, according to the Health and Social Care Inspectorate.

 Birgitta Hagström of the Health and Social Care Inspectorate told Swedish Radio News that the homes often recruit unsuitable staff who do not have the proper training to deal with difficult situations involving vulnerable children.

In some cases, said Hagström, staff are not properly attuned to how vulnerable children will react in certain situations.

The municipality is now investigating the incident where the asylum home employee was filmed shouting at refugee residents. The municipality’s social-services representative said that they recruit staff on a continual basis and try to properly evaluate all applicants.

The Swedish Work Environment Authority has seen an increase in the number of reported accidents and violent incidents within the children and youth care sector. There were 135 cases in 2013 and 2014 and 161 cases in 2015.

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