• Sweden's news in English
 
app_header_v3
Refugee crisis
Sweden to erect tents for hundreds of refugees
What the tents could look like. Photo: MSB

Sweden to erect tents for hundreds of refugees

The Local · 16 Oct 2015, 09:17

Published: 16 Oct 2015 07:30 GMT+02:00
Updated: 16 Oct 2015 09:17 GMT+02:00

The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) has told the TT newswire that staff are already on site at Revingehed, a moorland area near military training grounds just outside Lund in southern Sweden.

“Erecting them will be done at lighting speed. But then it may take a bit longer before the first people can move in. We first need to organize everything else like rubbish collection, food and electricity,” said MSB manager Ann-Charlotte Zackrisson.

According to TT,  a total of 375 people will be able to stay at the tent camp, which is being erected near the Swedish Armed Forces' South Skåne Regiment. The 35-square metre tents will have electric heating and separate temporary bathroom and shower facilities will also be put up in the camp.

“Electric heating is included in each tent, but I don't know how warm it is going to be when it gets really cold. We're currently looking at the possibility of getting a cover tent that can be put over all the tents. That would increase comfort and keep the area dry,” said Zackrisson.

A press spokesperson told TT on Thursday that the agency was still hoping not to use the temporary camp at Revingehed, which she admitted was not the perfect solution.

“But we are under pressure and we are open to all solutions that provide roof over the heads of people who come to Sweden to seek asylum. But we hope we won't have to use them at all and that we find better housing,” said Matilda Niang.

The camp in southern Sweden is the only one being planned for now.

READ ALSO: Refugee zone set up at Stockholm Central Station

The announcement comes on the back of Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven raising concerns about a shortage of accommodation for the new arrivals, saying for the first time that tent camps could be needed in order to provide enough shelter for people reaching Sweden.

Story continues below…

Meanwhile, his Social Democrat-Green coalition government was set to meet with representatives from the mainstream parties to discuss immigration policies. Members of the Left Party and the Alliance opposition quartet – the Moderates, Liberals, Centre Party and the Christian Democrats – were meeting on Friday in an attempt to find a cross-party solution to cope with the crisis.

As The Local has previously reported, more refugees have sought asylum in Sweden so far in 2015 than in any other year in the Nordic nation's history. 

Earlier this week Migrationsverket revealed that a total of 86,223 people had launched cases so far in 2015, surpassing a previous record set in 1992 when 84,016 people asked for asylum following fighting in the Balkans.

For more news from Sweden, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Today's headlines
Swedish PM shakes up cabinet in key reshuffle
Ann Linde, Peter Eriksson, Isabella Lövin, Stefan Löfven, Karolina Skog and Ibrahim Baylan. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

UPDATED: Will this turn a page on weeks of scandals for Sweden's coalition?

Why this Swedish handyman wore high heels to work
Not the ideal footwear for manual labour. Photo: Emil Andersson

Laying a floor in a fourth floor apartment turned out to be pretty difficult in high heels.

Julian Assange
Stockholm court upholds Assange arrest warrant
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Photo: AP Photo/Frank Augstein

UPDATED: A Stockholm district court has maintained a European arrest warrant against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

The Local List
Ten ridiculous things Zlatan has compared himself to
Thinking about that time he compared himself to Rambo? Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

Is it a Ferrari? Is it a shark? No, it's Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Sweden sees dramatic rise in syphilis cases
New figures show a significant increase in Swedish syphilis cases. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

Syphilis is on the increase in Sweden, with the number of new cases more than tripling in some parts of the country.

Why Sweden's teachers have no time for their students
A Swedish classroom. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

Teachers in Sweden are drowning in paperwork and have insufficient time to properly plan lessons, a new report suggests.

Foreigners in Sweden still more likely to be unemployed
A grim outlook is predicted for foreigners in Sweden. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

Unemployment is falling among native Swedes, but foreign-born citizens are struggling to keep pace.

'Help! My name is Jihad'
Jihad Eshmawi. Photo: Private

My name doesn’t make life easy for me, Jihad Eshmawi tells us.

Why fewer Swedes are using condoms in 2016
Photo: Robert Henriksson / SvD / TT

Younger Swedes are better at protecting themselves than their older compatriots.

Swedish economic growth 'best in Nordics'
A new report says Sweden has the best growth prospects of the Nordics. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Sweden's economy is out-pacing its Nordic rivals, but high levels of household debt are still a problem.

Sponsored Article
How to find student housing in Malmö: 5 tips
Business & Money
Why Swedes don't want the euro
Sponsored Article
'Sweden gives artists the space to follow their dreams'
Fastighetsbyrån
Gallery
Property of the week: Vika, Falun
National
Is this the most Swedish tattoo ever?
Blog updates

20 May

Editor’s blog, May 20th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hello readers, Do not mention Abba! Or cuckoo clocks! Our most read article this week was…" READ »

 

17 May

What about “att”? (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej! It often seems like the small words are the ones that cause the most confusion.…" READ »

 
 
 
Sponsored Article
Food, fun, and reliable sun: Summer in Dubrovnik
Gallery
People-watching: May 20th-22nd
Sponsored Article
How Stockholm startups help new employees feel at home
National
How to really annoy a Swede abroad
National
How this war veteran is warming hearts in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: May 18th
Sponsored Article
Can you afford to live in Stockholm? (Hint: yes)
National
How this Swede's viral ad totally nailed Stockholm's housing crisis
Sponsored Article
Eat, learn, live: unforgettable holidays in France
Gallery
Property of the week: Vasastaden, Gothenburg
Lifestyle
The best Swedish cities for dating
Sponsored Article
'Only soft power can defeat radicalism'
Gallery
People-watching: May 13th-15th
Sponsored Article
Why Stockholm attracts so many successful researchers
Culture
BLOG: Eurovision as it happened
National
Why a 116-year-old Swede isn't the world's oldest woman
Sponsored Article
'Sweden gives artists the space to follow their dreams'
National
Youth unemployment falls in Sweden
Sponsored Article
Retiring abroad: ensuring your health is covered
Gallery
People-watching: May 11th
Sponsored Article
Can you afford to live in Stockholm? (Hint: yes)
Gallery
People-watching: May 6th-8th
Sponsored Article
Stockholm makes it easier for refugees to meet startups
Politics
Why Sweden's Greens are in free fall
National
Can these cartoon Swedes help foreigners blend in?
National
Why this fearless woman is the talk of Sweden
National
Sweden set for sunny weekend
Fastighetsbyrån
Gallery
Property of the week: Vollsjö, Sjöbo
Features
How to be a cool Swede during a hot summer
Gallery
People-watching: April 29th - May 1st
3,282
jobs available
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
psdmedia.se