Do not disappoint children and young people on the run

Children and Emelie Weski

A large proportion of migrants at the EU border are children. Sweden must take its responsibility and protect them, writes Emelie Weski. Photo: Pixabay and Joakim Lindgren

Of: Emelie Weski

Jimmie Åkesson distributes leaflets in Turkey, Ulf Kristersson poses in hunting clothes and Stefan Löfven waits for help. At the same time, children and young people are being shelled at EU borders. Now Sweden must take its responsibility and help the children who need our protection, writes Emelie Weski from LSU - Sweden's Youth Organizations.

March 11, 2020, Debate

Refugees at the EU border stir up emotions

Migrants in Greece

The migrants who try to enter the EU stir up strong emotions on debate and leadership sides in Sweden. Photo: Freedom House

Of: Rine Mansouri

After Turkey opened its borders with Greece this weekend, there has been a debate about Sweden's responsibility to receive refugees and respect the right to asylum. Debate and leader pages have advocated everything from tougher boundaries to more solidarity with the people who are fleeing.

March 5, 2020, Current debate

"Take the Swedish children home to IS parents - now!"

The al-Hol camp in Syria is home to about 70 people, many of whom are children. Photo: Y. Boechat / Voice of America

Of: Kerstin Edquist

The children of Swedish IS fighters who are stuck in Syria should be taken home immediately. It writes several debaters and directs harsh criticism against the government. In addition, Sweden's responsibility to receive refugees and respect the right to asylum was debated.

February 6, 2020, Current debate

Who will stand up for human rights?

Protest against arms trade with Saudi Arabia.

Human rights activists in London are protesting against the arms trade with Saudi Arabia. Photo: Campaign Against Arms Trade (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Of: Celina Lindgren

The murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi still makes its mark on the Swedish debate. At the same time, other debaters are worried about Jair Bolsonaro's victory in the Brazilian presidential election. In addition, Sweden's deportations of children, and incorrect figures on the number of climate refugees, are being debated.

October 31, 2018, Current debate

Disagreement on how the EU should deal with migration

Queue of Syrian refugees on the border between Hungary and Austria. Photo: Mstyslav Chernov [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Syrian refugees queue on the border between Hungary and Austria. Photo: Mstyslav Chernov CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)

Of: Celina Lindgren

This week, EU heads of state and government gathered in Salzburg to discuss migration. The Swedish debate has thus been marked by different opinions about which line Sweden should take on the issue. While some want the responsibility to be shared between EU Member States, others say it is better to focus on refurbishing EU borders.

September 26, 2018, Current debate

Do not let racist governments control the entire EU refugee policy

Photo: Bőr Benedek, Wikimedia Commons

Of: Malin Björk

We cannot allow EU asylum policy to be dictated by anti-refugee and racist governments such as those in Hungary and Poland. Instead, those countries that want to take joint responsibility for the global refugee situation must take the lead in forming a coalition of willing countries. It writes the Left Party's EU parliamentarian Malin Björk.

May 15, 2018, Debate

More knowledge and resources are needed to prevent conflicts

Of: Ulla Andrén

It is a key task for Swedish development assistance to provide support to people on the run, but also to prevent conflict and promote development. This requires both knowledge and resources. Aid funding for building peace should not be reduced due to the fact that asylum reception and humanitarian support require increased resources, writes Sida employee and former ambassador Ulla Andrén.

September 23, 2015, Debate

Europe must act and take responsibility

Europe's largest humanitarian catastrophe since World War II is currently under way in Europe. The wars in Syria have claimed hundreds of thousands of victims, while millions are on the run, exploited and endangered by smugglers. This is an unbelievably great tragedy where many governments should feel responsible, writes Mukhtar Bulaale who is a political scientist and works with unaccompanied refugee children.

September 15, 2015, Debate

Sweden should give visas to people on the run

Of: Madelaine Seidlitz

While we peacefully celebrate Midsummer in Sweden, millions of people in the world are fleeing. Some lose their lives on the road to a closed Europe, others are imprisoned by criminal gangs in Libya. Sweden should set a good example and give humanitarian visas to people who want to seek asylum, writes Madelaine Seidlitz at Amnesty International.

June 18, 2015, Debate