Swedish towns being forced by law to take refugee minors (and give them welcome party)

We’ve told you about this before, but apparently the time is rapidly approaching when Swedish municipalities that have not previously “welcomed” refugees will be forced to do so.

Dissatisfied refugee “youths,” placed in Swedish castle, protest claiming the place is haunted. “We don’t want to live here.” Picky! Picky! Picky!

It sounds incredible that they wouldn’t get any say in the matter. But, in some ways it is no different than US cities and towns that are not given any say about whether theirs will become one of the 186 (and growing) resettlement sites.  In America the difference is that there isn’t any law— one’s town is just expected to be “welcoming” until such time as it is not and then it’s usually too late.

And, on this issue of unaccompanied minors (a rapidly growing category in the US too).  I don’t know how this came to be big business (with so many kids with no parents) unless there is an effort among the humanitarians to urge parents to let their kids loose and become wards of some government somewhere.

From The Local (emphasis mine):

Swedish municipalities are set to be forced to welcome more asylum seekers following a new bill introduced by the Swedish Migration Board with some saying it will be difficult to find housing for the influx.

The bill, which comes into force next year, allows underage asylum seekers who come to Sweden without parents or guardians to reside in the country.

At present 50 Swedish municipalities don’t have an agreement with the Migration Board (Migrationsverket) and are scrambling to find a solution before the law comes into effect.

“They are forcing us to come up with solutions that don’t exist and those kind of solutions are never good,” said Agneta Bode, who chairs the social welfare board in the Arboga municipality, central Sweden, to the Swedish Radio Ekot programme.

Bode added that her municipality of 13,000 would struggle to cope with a refugee influx due to a housing shortage.

Under the new law the Migration Board gets to decide where the asylum seekers live. Municipalities who don’t presently have any refugees will host the first set of new arrivals and are unable to appeal the decision.

As well as providing housing the legislation means the municipalities are also responsible for the welcome ceremony for the new refugees and their general care.

The photo is from a post at the Tundra Tabloids, check out the Jinn Busters, here!

For our ever-expanding archive on Sweden, click here.

Note to asylum seekers: Don’t go to Iceland

Your chances of being granted refugee status are minuscule according to this report (Iceland Review Online):

Roughly 6.5 percent of applications for asylum in Iceland have been accepted so far this year. A total of 128 of the 137 applications processed by the end of September were rejected,

Maybe Malta, another tiny EU country, should take a lesson.

No mention however of deportation.


Burmese champion of human rights doesn’t take the Muslim Rohingya side and it steams them

Hillary (and Huma!) must surely be unhappy with Aung San su Kyi on the Rohingya issue!

Aung San Suu Kyi continues to be beaten up in the western media for refusing to condemn her co-religionists in the on-going conflict between Rohingya Muslims and Buddhists in Burma (aka Myanmar).

And, why should you, living in American cities and towns, care what is going on in Burma?

Because we have been resettling tens of thousands of Burmese, largely Christian refugees for years.  In FY2013 we resettled 16,299 refugees from Burma (how many were Burmese Muslims?).

Increasingly there will be Muslim Rohingya among them especially if the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has its way.

I don’t have the time or energy to go back through the controversy, but I can assure you there is blame to be shared and the Rohingya are not pure as the driven snow as this Rohingya author (at the Huffington Post) would have you believe.  In my view, Aung San Suu Kyi is correct when she gave an interview to the BBC and did this:

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s interview with the BBC during her visit to the UK, has shocked many of her admirers. Despite being repeatedly pressed to do so, she repeatedly avoided giving a clear unequivocal condemnation of the anti-Muslim violence that is engulfing Burma.

Author Tun Khin can barely contain himself.  If it quacks like a duck!

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi also started talking about global Muslim power, as if this is some kind of threat to Burma? To hear a Nobel Peace Prize winner talking in the same way about Islam as bigots and racists is very disappointing. There are conspiracy theories about a global Muslim conspiracy to take over Burma, but these kind of things are spread by crazy people on Facebook. It is not what you expect from a University educated leader of a democracy movement. Instead of dismissing these claims as the dangerous nonsense they are, she gave them credibility in the eyes of many Burmese.

Count me among the crazy people!

We have 157 previous posts in our Rohingya Reports category, here, for anyone who wants to get the full picture going back 6 years on the growing conflict.  You will note that we have begun resettling Rohingya to American cities despite earlier reluctance by the State Department to do so.