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Many poor children in Swedish cities as more families are alienated from the economy stream

Monday, 12 March 2012
News that Sweden is not a land of opportunity for some set of immigrants is not new but that things have not changed for many years remain strange as more and more children of deprived background live in abject poverty in city lock outs.

The city of Malmö’s Rosengård neighbourhood has nearly three out of four children live in relative poverty, according to new figures from Statistics Sweden. On the flip side, in municipalities such as Danderyd or Taby in North of Stockholm, only every 17th child is poor.

Sweden is becoming more economically segregated. According to the National Board for Social services (Socialstyrelsen ), thus challenging the increased international talks that Sweden is a model of the world where  economic equality is supposed to be the norm. The long term trend shows a clear increase in inequality.

In the district in Rosengård where child poverty is highest in the country young people are entirely dependent handouts and free hobbies.

“Many of the young people here have never been able to leave Malmo, they have barely even left Rosengard. These young people sharing a room with four siblings and you can not afford to not send them on trips or pay association membership fees for a dance course,” says Behrang Miri, a local authority.

On behalf of the National Board of Health, Statistics Sweden (SCB) has produced figures on the relative poverty among children and adolescents in Sweden. The figures are based on the number of families who have a disposable income of less than 60 percent of the average for the general population.

“It is an accepted EU indicator for measuring economic vulnerability. In the calculations, among other things, family sizes have been taken into account and number of adults,” says Peter Wikstrom, statistician for the SCB.

The results show that the proportion of poor children vary widely across the country. One area, Rosengard, stands out significantly more than others. In this area 71 percent of the children live in economic vulnerability. In Stockholm suburbs Rinkeby / Kista  and in Angered in Gothenburg, the corresponding numbers 51 and 50percent.

Municipalities such as Danderyd and Täby however, only six percent of children and young people live in relative poverty.

“It is unfortunately a tendency we see in all across Europe, the gaps between different groups is increasing. The children suffer socially and psychologically,” says Hans Sward, Professor of Social Work at Lund University.

Children and the Elderly Minister Maria Larsson (Christian Democrats) told TT that the gap is a problem.
“We have a great responsibility to give children such as prerequisites, if possible. To strengthen families' finances, we raised at the turn of the national standard for older children and adolescents. We have been raising children part of the housing allowance.”

One thing they are dodging to say is that these areas are dominated by immigrants – looking people and names and who are almost quarantined from the Swedish labour market. they are discriminated in all aspects of life in Sweden - Banks will not loan to them, they cannot rent decent homes where id the could and they have no contact with Swedish people who tend to move away from regions where immigrants have settled.
Should Sweden be like the rest of Europe or should Sweden be a model where other countries and learn from and emulate?
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