By their own admission, Clowns Without Borders work with such initiatives as "Welcome to Sweden," where various activities are being arranged at refugee accommodations. According to their website, asylum seekers may also try their hand as circus performers.
"Other organizations help people survive. We get people to start living again," Clowns Without Borders wrote on their website.
The idea of the new allotment is that the clowns will "create meetings through playing."
"The new projects now receiving support will contribute to an improved integration process for third-country nationals," Migration Board executive Mikael Zaar said in a press-release. The term "third-country nationals" implies people who are not citizens of the EU.
The money originates from the European Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), which has a budget of over 3 billion dollars for the period 2014-20.
Another peculiar integration initiative is a camel park, which is being built in the city of Gothenburg with hope of creating jobs for immigrants. The camel park in the migrant-dominated suburb of Angered is expected to provide "low-carbon" jobs for foreign-born Swedes who are otherwise struggling to find a place in the Nordic country's labor market.
However, the project sparked a major controversy and was slammed as "racist" and "showing a colonial mindset" towards migrants. According to Catholic refugee organization Caritas Sweden director Gun Holmertz, the organizers simply wanted to turn Angered into "some kind of exotic circus with immigrants and animals." The plans provoked a negative reaction from local immigrants and unleashed a storm of comments in social media.
Previously, the camel center was awarded 500,000 SEK ($60,000) in state support, which was however withdrawn earlier this year.