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Huge Tax Hikes in Financial Crisis Swedish Municipality That Took Too Many Migrants

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February 5, 2020

The Swedish municipality of Filipstad is facing a financial crisis due to taking in too many migrants during the 2015 migrant crisis and is now looking to hike taxes by ten per cent to cover costs.

The proposed tax hike would take place by 2022 and is in response to the surge in social costs due to the mass migration of asylum seekers to the municipality, with local Social Democrat politician Åsa Hååkman Felth saying the area is in dire need of help, Expressen reports.

“In the municipality, we have no jobs for people who have studied and have a good education, so they move. Those who remain with us are those who have no education and who are not ready for the labour market. Maybe even illiterate,” Felth said.

“Making a change costs a lot of money then. You have to start from the beginning, so to speak,” she added.

She added that funding promised by the national government was just “a drop in the ocean”, saying the municipality received only around 10 million Swedish krona (£800,000/$1 million), when it needed at least 100 million krona (£8 million/$10.3 million).

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This article was posted: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 7:16 am

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