MP politician resigns over racist comment about Somalians: Jonas Serneholt has been sacked from his post as political secretary for Miljöpartied in Järfalla, outside Stockholm. The local politician had called Somalians a "cancer growth" in a closed Facebook comment. A local party leader said Serneholt's comment is unacceptable and has no place in the party. Serneholt, who was very penitent when Stockholm newspaper, Stockholm Direkt, confronted him with the offending comment said he had written it at a time he was drunk. Now, he has left all his duties in the party.
 
Sweden - huge backlog of undecided asylum cases: More than 10,000 asylum seekers from 2015 are yet to be called for their first interview. Migrationsverket had set a goal of dealing with each asylum case within four months. The long delays in these cases have been put down partly to the fact that these particular cases are trickier and more difficult than the ones decided so far and also to the huge turnover of the workers who are to investigate these cases.
 
The crisis in Swedish politics - Löfven reshufles his cabinet: As a response to the threat of a vote of confidence by the opposition Alliance following the IT scandal, the Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, has announced a reshufling of his government. He said this at a press conference on Thursday. Two of the three cabinet members who were the target of the proposed vote of confidence by the opposition, Anders Ygeman and Anna Johanson, have been dropped. Ygeman will take over as leader of the Social Democrats in the Parliament. Tomas Eneroth will be the new Infrastructure Minister and Morgan Johansson will take over the Interior ministry. Hélen Fritzon will be the new Migration Minister whiles Annika Strandhäll takes over as Minister for Social Affairs. The Defence Minister, Peter Hultqvist, one of the three ministers which the opposition wants dropped, will continue in his post. Löfven says Hultqvist has built a strong international network and the call for a no confidence vote against him is not serious. The minister for Health, Gabriel Wiksröm, has stepped down for reasons of health.
 
Fewer forced repatriations from Sweden: The number of forced Repatriation of asylum seekers whose applications were rejected has reduced. This is contrary to the govenment's plans. Only 590 persons were repatriated in the first four months of the year. This is 30 percent less than the figure in the same period last year. According to the border police, the reduction in number of forced repatriations is due to reduced resources. Moreover, more and more asylum seekers go into hiding before they can be repatriated. More of them than before also lack identification papers. Interior Minister, Anders Ygerman, does not think there is a lack of resources.
 
Ghana - government to review dual citizenship law: Government has begun the process of reviewing Ghana’s dual citizenship law, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said. Mr Akufo-Addo said this at this year's diaspora homecoming summit on the theme: “Development, Opportunity and Value” in Accra on Wednesday 5 July. While talking about the need to engage the Electoral Commission to ensure that whatever is needed to make sure the Representation of the People’s Amendment Law (ROPAL) comes into effect, Nana Akufo-Addo said: “The same process of engagement is being undertaken to review the dual citizenship law and its effect. The process should conclude soon.” It is recalled that former Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Minister Hanna Tetteh had called for a review of the constitution to allow persons with dual citizenship serve in government. Her suggestion came after seven candidates of Nigerian heritage were elected into the parliament of the United Kingdom in the election held on Thursday June 8. “If I said this when in office, it would have been seen as self-serving. I think we should amend our laws for dual citizens to serve in government,” she said in a tweet. Meanwhile, it is against the constitution for persons holding dual citizenship to serve in public office in Ghana. To do that, one must renounce his/her citizenship of the foreign country.
 
Swedish police hunt for undocumented workers: The police have increased their efforts in their hunt for people working in the country without residence or work permits. 1089 work place inspections were carried out last year. This is almost three times as many as the year before. 232 illegal workers were found. Only 94 were found in 2015. According to the police, the sanitory conditions under which the illegal immigrants were working were horrible. The police have the right to arrest people who have hidden themselves from the authorities. The government wants to further sharpen the controls by allowing the police to check for ID cards even when there no concrete suspicions of criminal activities.
 
There are 150,000 circumcised women in Sweden: The number of circumcised women in Sweden has increased tremendously and is probably two times what has been thought of before. A new study reveals that there are at least 150,000 women in Sweden who have undergone the procedure. Socialstyren estimated the number of circumcised women in Sweden at 38,000 in 2015. The new study shows that as grossly understated. The study also shows that Sweden is one of the countries that has the greatest number of immigrants from the countries that practise circumcision - countries like Somalia and Ethiopia. Some of the girls were cut so early in life that they have no memory of it. And the practice continues even with children who are in Sweden. The custom is so deeply embeded in certain parents that they take their little girls to their home countries to have it done even though this is against Swedish.
 
 
 
 
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