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Swedish District Faces Economic Crisis as 80% Migrants on Welfare

Sweden's municipality of Hässleholm is struggling after taking in 3000 asylum seekers

 on 31st August 2019 @ 12.00pm
the majority of the 3000 migrants taken into h ssleholm is now on welfare © press
The majority of the 3000 migrants taken into Hässleholm is now on welfare

The Swedish district of Hässleholm is facing economic crisis after a large number of asylum seekers taken in by the municipality is now on mostly on welfare, according to reports.

In 2010, Hässleholm Municipality in Skåne County, southern Sweden had only 18,500 inhabitants but has since taken in almost 3000 migrants.

According to the latest figures, up to 80 percent of the refugees taken in are now on welfare.

Lars Johnsson, Hässleholm City Council chairman and member of the center-right Moderate Party, says Hässleholm currently has at least 100 migrants who are illiterate and another 200 with very poor educational backgrounds.

“It will, in principle, be impossible to get them to work,” Johnsson revealed, according to Kristianstadsbladet.

sweden s h ssleholm municipality is struggling after taking in 3000 migrant who are now mostly on welfare © press
Sweden's Hässleholm Municipality is struggling after taking in 3000 migrant who are now mostly on welfare

According to Breitbart, social assistance costs have drastically increased since 2012.

The spending has risen from 32 million Swedish krona ($3,259,680/£2,680,320) to 54 million ($5,501,124/£4,523,310) this year.

Costs are predicted to increase by another six million each year.

The municipality says they put away around 30 million krona to cope with the projected costs but already half of that has been spent.

“We would need 100 million krona from the state to go injury-free, to keep our noses above the surface,” Johnsson said.

The main issue behind the crisis is the expiration of the establishment period; a two-year term in which the Swedish national government covers the costs of housing and integrating migrants.

lars johnsson says  fear of discussing the issue  of mass migration  has been devastating © press
Lars Johnsson says 'fear of discussing the issue' of mass-migration 'has been devastating'

Local Social Democrat politician Lena Wallentheim complained that the period is simply not long enough to integrate migrants into the labor market, saying, “When the Employment Service withdraws, it becomes a double blow. 

"The costs then fall on the municipality, in the form of support grants.”

City Council chairman Johnsson went on to admit the issue should have been tackled years ago, saying, “the fear of discussing the issue has been devastating. 

"It is unfortunate that we have not been able to discuss soberly without the racist card coming out.”

The crisis comes only weeks after the municipality of Bengtsfors petitioned the national government for money, claiming they had taken in far more migrants than the local government could now afford and were facing potential bankruptcy.

Stig Bertilsson, a local Moderate Party politician in Bengtsfors was asked if migrants could help ease the burden by getting jobs and paying income taxes, but he admitted that while he hoped for a long term boost in tax revenue, it had so far not arrived.

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