Sweden to boost spending on incoming refugees

Stockholm, Sep 11 (IANS) The Swedish government said it would increase spending on refugee admissions in its upcoming fall budget as Europe mulls how to tackle an ongoing migration crisis.

An extra 1.8 billion SEK ($215 million) would go to municipalities that receive new refugees, and these municipalities can get as much as 50 percent of the grants hike, Xinhua news agency reported.

“This is a significant boost for municipalities,” Labour Market Minister Ylva Johansson said on Thursday.

In the budget proposal the centre-left minority government will propose to raise schools’ reimbursements for taking in asylum applicants.

The government also wants to decide that all of Sweden’s nearly 300 municipalities welcome refugees as opposed to leaving it open for local governments to decide, as has been the case.

“All municipalities must take their share of responsibility. No one should cop out,” said Prime Minister Stefan Lofven.

Sweden received the highest number of asylum applications per capita in the EU last year and looks set do so again in 2015.

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