Märta’s Vineyard? Swedish City to Try to ‘Integrate’ Migrants by Putting Them in Wealthy Areas


The local government in the Swedish city of Gothenburg is looking to place newly arrived migrants in wealthy areas of the city, arguing the DeSantis-style policy will reduce segregation. The local government decided on the new policy earlier this week during a meeting on Thursday, claiming that it will have a significant positive impact on the children of migrants, in particular. “It means a lot to the children to live in an area where Swedish is spoken,” municipal councillor Jonas Attenius, a member of the Social Democrats, told broadcaster SVT — implicitly confirming that this is not the case in heavily diverse no-go zones. “For decades, it has been our suburbs that have had to take that responsibility, we now want new arrivals to be placed in the prosperous areas,” Attenius said — the suburbs in question being poorer areas rather than middle-class havens, in this case. Axel Josefsson, a member of the supposedly “centre-right” Moderates, complained that the existing system — which has given rise to multiple no-go zones — already worked. “We have a guideline today where we try to avoid placing new arrivals in the most vulnerable areas and I think it works well,” he claimed. The segregation of people from migration backgrounds, often in poorly integrated suburbs of Swedish cities, has been an issue in the country for years, and earlier in 2022 the previous Social Democrat government considered breaking up migrant ghettos. Anders Ygeman, the now-former Minister of Integration, said he could even have supported the idea of a policy to limit the number of “non-Nordic” residents in areas so that they would not become a majority in neighbourhoods. A group of so-called experts slammed the proposal, however, claiming it would reinforce segregation rather than combat it. “The proposal is difficult to take seriously, but at the same time frightening. It brings to mind the apartheid system and state racism that would cement and legitimise ethnic divisions instead of fighting them,” the group said.

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