Aerial view over housing estate.
The Stockholm suburb of Husby has problems with many people living in cramped, overcrowded conditions. Credit: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Move to limit asylum seekers' choice of where to live

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In an attempt to combat segregation, the government plans to cut funding for asylum seekers who move to areas with socio-economic problems.

At the moment, all asylum seekers, who are waiting to find out if they are allowed to stay in Sweden or not, can choose to live at the reception centres of the Migration Agency, or arrange their own accommodation. But from 2020 the people who find their own accommodation, and do so in areas that are socioeconomically vulnerable, will no longer be getting benefits from the government. For a single person this amounts to 71 kroner per day, while a family with two adults and two kids would lose 6000 kroner per month, according to Minister for Justice, Morgan Johansson (Social Democrat).

This is a way for the government to try to steer the asylum seekers away from 32 municipalities - or certain parts of a municipality- that have problems with unemployment and overcrowding today. Among them are parts of Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Uppsala.

The planned changes are part of the four-party agreement between the Social Democrats, the Greens, the Liberals and the Centre Party.

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