October 31, 2019
Members of the opposition in the Swedish government have criticised the website Sweden.se after it published information on how illegal immigrants can receive state healthcare and child benefits.
The Swedish Institute runs the website which lists information in English, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian. It advertises welfare programmes to illegals, including grants for having at least six children and how healthcare  in the country is nearly free, Kristianstadsbladetreports .
Head of the centre-right Moderate Party Ulf Kristersson expressed criticism of the site’s content. Mr Kristersson said: “It’s totally unreasonable. If you explicitly tell people that you can get a lot of money if you have many children, or what benefits you get if you stay in the country illegally, then you send wrong signals about what Sweden should be and what the government should take responsibility for.”
A manager at the Swedish Institute justified the content saying: “We try to tell people that Sweden is a welfare country, I have no problem signing off on that. We have a system that arouses interest.”
Foreign Minister Anna Hallberg of the Social Democrats did not outright condemn the content but said that she would be setting up a meeting with the institute to determine the basis for the text.
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