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"Give amnesty to unaccompanied minors"

The corona crisis has hit the most vulnerable in society hard, not least unaccompanied refugees. Therefore, many debaters believe that Sweden has an obligation to grant amnesty to all unaccompanied young people who are in the country.

The government has promised not to "leave anyone in the lurch" during the corona crisis. Therefore, Green Youth's spokesperson Aida Badeli believes that it is obvious that all unaccompanied minors should be allowed to stay in Sweden.

"It is time to do the right thing and grant amnesty to the young people who are hard hit by the corona crisis," writes Aida Badeli in a debate article in ETC.

Many debaters are also calling for a change in the controversial high school law. It means that unaccompanied refugees with a residence permit risk being deported if they fail to get a permanent job within six months of leaving upper secondary school.

38 municipal politicians from nine parties are demanding that the upper secondary school law be changed because the corona crisis will make it difficult for many unaccompanied minors to get a job.

If the demands were high from the beginning, they have become almost impossible to meet in the wake of the corona pandemic. This at the same time as agriculture and forestry, home care and care can not recruit the amount of employees they need ", the municipal politicians write in a debate article in Aftonbladet.

Other debaters argue that unaccompanied minors who are not granted a residence permit risk being driven into a “shadow society” without any opportunities to influence their own situation or contribute to a well-functioning society.

In Göteborgs-Posten, pediatrician Henry Ascher - together with, among others, the former archbishop KG Hammar and human rights lawyer Parul Sharma - writes that Sweden's "international reputation as a functioning democracy and rule of law" is at stake. If we do not want to create a Sweden based on a division into "us and them" - then all unaccompanied young people who have been in Sweden for more than a year must receive a permanent residence permit, they write.


A selection of the last week's editorial and debate articles about Sweden's role in the world:

Amnesty for unaccompanied minors

Give amnesty to unaccompanied minors
Aida Badeli, Dagens ETC

No, do not expel the unaccompanied minors
Municipal politicians from 9 parties, Aftonbladet

Adjust the Upper Secondary School Act for unaccompanied minors
Rasmus Ling and Anna Hirvonen Falk, Aftonbladet

The crisis demands that all unaccompanied minors be granted amnesty
Henry Ascher et al., Göteborgs-Posten

Sweden's role for human rights

The aftermath of the corona crisis must not become extreme nationalism
Anna Sundström and Jan Eliasson, Göteborgs-Posten

Sweden's leadership for human rights is completely meaningless
Parul Sharma et al., The outside world

Climate and corona

Corona is no excuse to ignore the climate
Lovisa Berglund, Aftonbladet

Corona shows that a system change is required
Mikael Sundström, Aftonbladet

Not a penny to the oil industry
Gittan Frejhagen, Dagens ETC

Freedom of speech

Sweden must do more for Dawit Isak to be released
Leif Öbrink et al., Göteborgs-Posten

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