Police in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Uppsala raised concerns about how young refugees, mostly from Afghanistan, are being forced or tricked into the narcotics trade.
There are no official figures on how big the problem is. But Swedish Radio reports that police in Gothenburg have identified between 15 and 20 drug dealers that are Afghan refugees. That number is about 120 in Stockholm and at least 25 in nearby Uppsala.
Police dealing with the problem emphasize that on the whole, very few of the unaccompanied minors from Afghanistan are involved in the drug trade and add that those who do end up on the streets do so because they are often desperate or homeless.
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