“Pull your own weight!” — “A terrible way to view humanity!”
There is a huge scandal in the municipality of Älmhult in Sweden. It has been revealed that there is a letter that may have been sent from the municipality offices to newly arrived immigrants informing them that the law applies to them and that they’re expected to eventually go off the dole and start pulling their own weight in society.
In the country of Sweden, this is so outrageously racist that representatives for the local government – as well as its opposition (!) – has gone public condemning the letter and vowing to root out the guilty person.
So what does this awful document say? Here’s the local newspaper’s summary:
- Reception in Sweden paid by the Swedish taxpayers. It is the Swedish citizens that pay for your stay.
- Stay in the municipality where you have been placed. It is only in this municipality that has prepared for your arrival. All municipalities in Sweden have high standard and quality service. Don’t believe the rumors that big cities have more opportunities – it is usually the other way around! Älmhult has a very good introductory program for you.
- Laws and regulations are the same for everyone. You get what you are entitled to. Do not attempt to haggle or negotiate to get special benefits. Then you just lose face.
- We try to accomodate your needs, but you also need to meet us halfway. Trust us at the immigration reception!
- Don’t believe the rumors. Those who arrived as refugees before you don’t know everything. Half truths can be worse than no know. If you have questions or concerns about anything, so talk to us at the refugee unit.
- Pull your own weight! This society and our democracy is based on the fact that everyone takes personal responsibility.
“This is a terrible way to view humanity!” says Social democrat leader Lars Ingvert to the newspaper.
“It is tragic that there at some point in the history of Älmhult has been someone harboring this attitude towards those arriving here,” Ingvert said.
Vidar Lundbäck of the Center party agreed that it was “horrible”. He goes on to call the letter “very strange” and attempts to distance himself as much as possible from it, even though he used to run the social welfare office in Älmhult.
Great efforts are now being spent to track down the author of this racist and hateful document, and to locate and destroy any remaining copies.
“We can’t run the risk of anyone getting a hold of these letters and getting the impression that this is official policy,” Ingvert said.
So… What, exactly, is the official policy then?