Young politicians want to help refugees to return to their former countries. Photo: Abdallahh

SDU wants to inform refugees about how to return

Politics | 2012-03-05
SDU, the Sweden Democrats’ youth league, has applied for money from the Migration Board in order to inform immigrants about how to return to their respective home country. They are now criticized by the other parties.

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SDU has applied for SEK 100 000 from the Migration Board in order to prepare information sets with information about how to apply for the Migration Board’s ‘return contribution’. The return contribution is a sum that some immigrant groups, mostly refugees, can apply for if they wish to return to their country of origin and do not have the means for it.

SDU is specially focusing on individuals who they believe have not been integrated well enough in the Swedish society. The chairman Gustav Kasselstrand wrote in a press release:

“We are convinced about the fact that there are still dreams about being able to return to the home country (...) among the many immigrants in Sweden who live their lives outside the ordinary society. We have asked for a list of people who – after receiving a permanent residence permit – have lived in constant unemployment. For this we will need help by the tax office to see who has paid zero taxes for more than ten years since they recieved a permanent residence permit" (Stockholm News' translation)

Both MUF and SSU, the youth leagues for the two biggest parties the Moderates and the Social Democrats call SDU’s method ‘distasteful’.

“This is an attempt to get attention on the expense of vulnerable people” says Gabriel Wikström, chairman of SSU to the daily Dagens Nyheter. Also the Migration Board has commented critically on SDU’s application.

Gustav Kasselstrand reply in the tabloid Expressen:

“I want to remind them (the Migration Board) about the fact that it is the Migration Board that encourage people to return (...). It is not SDU that says this, even though we support the idea.”

If SDU would get the money they have applied for, it would be the first time a political organsiation receives it. The money usually go to immigrant organisations that want to help their members to return to their former home country.

Footnote: The Sweden Democrats (SD) came in to parliament, with 5.7 % of the votes, for the first time in 2010. Since last year,they call themselves ‘social conservative', before that they labeled themselves ‘nationalists’. The other parties generally define SD as xenophobic and refuse to cooperate with them in the Riksdag.


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