Children growing up in socially vulnerable areas in Sweden often face educational difficulties, lower future incomes, and increased chances of involvement in criminal activities, according to a group of economists who have reviewed relevant research. To address this issue, they propose measures aimed at creating more equitable upbringing conditions.
One suggestion is to assist at-risk families in relocating to different areas, possibly through priority access to housing, counseling, and reduced rent. Initially, this would start as a small-scale experiment focused on families with children at particularly high risk. This approach, which has yielded positive results in the USA, involves selecting families through a lottery. If successful, it could be expanded to include more vulnerable families.
While some support this idea, there are concerns about potential repercussions for children in the areas where families might relocate. Critics argue that the problems should be addressed within the communities themselves rather than through relocations.
Politicians have varying opinions on the proposal, with some emphasizing the need for good upbringing conditions for all, while others suggest setting aside a percentage of rental apartments for those unable to secure housing through the regular market, aiming to distribute these apartments more evenly in Sweden.