Asylum seekers or welfare? Swedish election breaks immigration taboo

By Johan Ahlander and Simon Johnson STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – A Swedish anti-immigration party is likely to score its best ever general election result this month, as a growing number of voters question the cost of the country's open door asylum policy. Opinion polls show that a majority in Sweden, where 16 percent of the population is foreign-born, still backs the liberal regime which over the …

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Two dead in New Zealand welfare office shooting

A homeless man who allegedly shot dead two women and seriously wounded a third when he opened fire in a New Zealand welfare office was arrested Monday after a seven-hour manhunt. The man, who police named as Russell John Tully, is accused of entering the Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ) office in the South Island town of Ashburton mid-morning and targeting workers. Superintendent Gary Knowles …

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Residential care facility accredited

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has accredited a residential care facility in Pasig City that aims to provide rehabilitative programs and services for children in conflict with the law and children in need of special protection. The first “Bahay Aruga, Bahay Pag-Asa” residential facility in the National Capital Region (NCR) is located in Sitio Nagpayong in barangay …

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BasicsCard users buying banned cigarettes with welfare, bartering groceries for alcohol and cash

Welfare recipients are spending money quarantined for essentials on banned items and bartering groceries for cash and alcohol, an ABC investigation has found.

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Social workers channel Indiana Jones to deliver welfare checks to Brazil's Amazon

The orange boat racing up the Amazon River tributary is loaded with the essentials for fighting poverty in the jungle: a chainsaw and a dozen social workers.  Mr. Neves himself has praised the program, although he is unlikely to expand it through aggressive efforts such as Busca Ativa. Indeed, a study last year found that nearly three-fourths of voters want Bolsa Família to continue, though …

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