New migrants arriving in the Swedish County of Skåne will now be required to attend compulsory courses called 'Integration Duty' from January 2018 or risk cuts to their welfare benefits.
The 'integration duty' proposal by Vellinge municipal council is simple and straightforward and is the first of it's kind in Sweden.
New arrivals will be signed up for basic Swedish language lessons and society orientation and must make progress or risk losing welfare benefits,
"We make it a requirement that all adults, including parents and retirees, participate in this scheme. If you don't, the benefits may be deducted"
As is typical of Sweden the left wing liberals are of course against the idea of asking migrants to integrate, learn the language or even learn basic social norms.
The Conservatives' "integration duty" proposal was blasted by the Vellinge Liberals, who called it a PR stunt intended to gain maximum attention. In an opinion piece published in the Expressentabloid daily, Vellinge Liberals Henrik Thorsell and Anders Cnattingius also questioned the notion that a 60-hour course in community orientation would make a real difference in terms of integration and accused the Conservatives suggesting the new arrivals weren't already doing their utmost to integrate.
"We make it a requirement that all adults, including parents and retirees, participate in this scheme. If you don't, the benefits may be deducted," Carina Wutzler of the Vellinge municipal council told the Swedish national broadcaster SVT. "It is about linking rights with obligations. One shall follow all the existing plans and regulations and learn the Swedish language. There ought to be clear demands for everyone," Wutzler explained.
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