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Asylum seekers can not get allowance if they move to Araby

The Swedish Parliament has made a decision that means that asylum seekers who arrange housing on their own in an area with socio-economic challenges should not be entitled to daily allowance or special grant from the Swedish Migration Board.
Växjö • Publicerad 24 april 2020
.Foto: Anna Nordström

The Swedish Parliament's hope is that the decision will lead to a situation when more asylum seekers choose to live in areas where there are better conditions for a socially sustainable reception, reduced risk of exclusion and a better integration.

– Of course, this does not solve everything, but the decision is a good first step for reduced segregation in Växjö municipality. This means that we can create better conditions for good welfare and, above all, a reduced burden on the schools in these areas. We will closely monitor the situation and analyze the consequences, says Anna Tenje (M), chair of the municipal council.


The municipality of Växjö has been assigned the task of identifying areas with socio-economic challenges. It is Araby, part of the district of Teleborg (the center of Teleborg), Braås and Lammhult, which is listed by the municipality. However, the area restriction applies from 1 July 2020 and does not affect people who already have their own accommodation.

At the same time, the ruling politicians in Växjö have announced that they want Araby to be removed from the government's and police's list of vulnerable areas. This will be done by starting an operational area-based development work at Araby. The idea is also that the work, which is called "Sustainable Araby 2030", will create models and working methods that can be used in other parts of the municipality.

– Now Blågröna Växjö are taking a new approach to meet the social exclusion we see is in the municipality of Växjö. Initially, this is about inventing and creating a picture of the current situation in order to know in what way we should proceed, says Magnus P. Wåhlin (MP), chairman of the sustainability committee.

The politicians want the municipal council to commission the municipal commissioner to inventory Växjö municipality's and other stakeholders 'efforts on Araby, to gather knowledge from other municipalities' work on vulnerable areas and to do a brief world-wide analysis of relevant research on work in vulnerable areas in a Swedish context in collaboration with Linnaeus University.

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