Saturday, 23 May 2015

In Vigevano, a North-African student who is a minor has been suspended for twenty days after having taken the crucifix that was hung up in the classroom and thrown it out of the window. A pupil of the “Caramuel” school has therefore been punished after having appeared in class with a hammer and nails to tear off the sacred symbol from the wall and throw it out of the window. “We wanted to send a strong signal,” was the only comment from the director of education Matteo Loria, “because we don’t want to see these types of incidents repeated”.



    A recent poll by Ipsos says the majority of Swedes want to keep the doors open to refugees, and Sweden plans to take in 100,000 this year. But at the same time, there is a growing realization that with immigration must come integration.

    While the government remains slow to act, religious leaders and the Chamber of Commerce are now talking social cohesion.

    For the first time there are town halls and surveys asking people about changes needed in Malmö. NGOs are moving in to immigrant districts with urban renewal projects.

    "Yes, we should open up to everyone who needs to come here," says Posner-Körösi. "My father was one of 500 children allowed to come to Sweden from Berlin in 1939. My father survived because they at least let him and a few others in. We have to help each other. The problem is not letting people in, the problem is what do you do with those who are here."

    She says the experiences of those in the Jewish community could ultimately contribute to helping Sweden find the answers to its immigration challenges.

    "Jews have been in Europe for 2,000 years. We are integrated without being assimilated. We have so much to teach about minority identity — we have mutual interest to do something positive for future."