The Swedish government will spend 2.2 billion Kronor (£187.3 million) per year to combat “segregation” in some of the country’s most “vulnerable” areas.
The plan is the first of its kind and will see large amounts of cash pumped into suburbs and areas across the country which suffer from high rates of crime, high unemployment, and other socio-economic factors, according to a press release put out by the government on Tuesday.
“The strategy aims at reducing the gap in society in the long run and creating a safe Sweden that stays together,” the government release said and added five main areas the money will go towards improving: housing, education, the labour market, democracy and civil society, and crime.
Stockholm, which has several “vulnerable areas” often referred to as heavily migrant populated no-go zones, such as Rinkeby, Tensta, and Husby, will get the most money at 269 million Kronor a year, while the migrant-majority city of Malmö is expected to receive 116 million kronor per year.
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Crime, especially gang violence, has become a major issue in the Stockholm suburbs and in Malmö where shootings have been increasing. Last week the southern Swedish city saw a mass shooting in which three people were killed and several others injured.
It was later revealed that the victims of the shooting were all known to police and the target of the killing, who survived the attack, was a well-known and notorious gang member in Malmö.
One of the platforms of the new government plan is also to increase funding for education as many residents of no-go areas perform poorly in school. According to a report from March, more than half of the students in Rinkeby were not qualified to even enter high school.
From 2018 to 2019, the government is also investing a total of 85.1 million kronor (£7.2 million) into getting more residents of troubled areas to participate in the upcoming European Parliament elections in 2019.
The entire programme is scheduled to last from 2018 to 2027.