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Refugee boom leads to campground shelters

The Local · 22 Sep 2010, 08:36

Published: 22 Sep 2010 08:36 GMT+02:00

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As all of the Migration Board's apartments and permanent housing facilities for asylum seekers are full, around 120 people, primarily from Serbia, will spend the next two months living at Siviks Camping, located near the coastal town of Lysekil.

"We have an agreement with the owner to rent the campground's trailer homes. It's a temporary solution," the Migration Board's section chief Trollhättan, Ole Guldal, told the local Bohusläningen newspaper.

Morgan Livh, the campground's owner, has been renting space to Sweden's migration authorities for 26 years and sees the business as a way for him to continue operating after the end of the tourist season.

The trailers in which the asylum seekers will be housed have about 30 square metres of floor space, five to six beds, and a small kitchen.

Guldal is hopeful that some of the agency's apartments will become available by the time the two month contract with Siviks Camping runs out.

"If this is just on wave, we should have vacant apartments before winter comes. Otherwise we have plenty of time to find other options," he told the newspaper.

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The hastily arranged housing solution caught officials from Lysekil municipality off guard, however, and they remain unsure what responsibilities the municipality may have in addressing the needs of the asylum seekers.

"We only got confirmation on Monday that they would be coming here. We don't know much more than that. It's surprising that the Migration Board didn't contact the municipality sooner," local council member Roland Karlsson told the newspaper.

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10:42 September 22, 2010 by hpunlimited
Is there still a war going on in Serbia that I am unaware of?
11:04 September 22, 2010 by AyaMatsuura
I think this is a sign you are accepting too many refugees.
11:18 September 22, 2010 by Åskar
@AyaMatsuura, What is it that you don't understand with the term "asylum seeker"?
11:23 September 22, 2010 by Sam1
I think all illigal refugees must be deported!!! ALL OF THEM!!! Wether Iraqis Serbs, what ever afghans, Iranis, all should be sent back.

I worked with UNHCR all say to UN we die if we go back they raped my sister and all that crap and travel to Europe then when the permit is issued they land in Iraq and try to buy a house there.

the real people who suffer do not even have money to seek an asylum land they die there, they continue to live under suffering in their land, the killers and murder and theives find a way after their actions to land in some EU place. While the poor suffer.

illigal Immigrants should be DEPORTED exactly how they came in like Sheeps.

Any immigrant granted an asylum travels to his home land he should not be welcomed back at airport but instead sent back.

Any immigrant working in Black should be imprised and fined and his nationality delayed and if he is sending more than usual sums of money to his afghanistan or Iraq on a continious basis he should be fined and watched and warned.

this laws should be adopted by Social Democrate or Moderates. because SD is a racist sect that has Nazi rules that differentiates human beings and their rights to live.

SD has laws that are against Human rights, and persecutes people even the ones who were born in Sweden SD is not a sollution at all.
11:27 September 22, 2010 by Bork
@hpunlimited I think word has gotten out that it's quite easy to get into Sweden as a refugee. Work may not be there, and you and your family will be living on the margins of society, but you get to live in a beautiful developed country with fit healthy people and a generous welfare system.

If the parties keep ignoring this and calling people racists for expressing concerns, the far-right is just going to gain more popularity.
11:36 September 22, 2010 by JulieLou40
"As all of the Migration Board's apartments and permanent housing facilities for asylum seekers are fun,"

...Here we go again, with The Local's chimps typing whatever they fancy!!! Aaaaargh!!!! What a third-rate excuse for a news site!!!!!
12:30 September 22, 2010 by The Rabbi
Serbia? Why? Who is fooling who here?
15:25 September 22, 2010 by Swedesmith
@Bork I believe you are spot on.
16:00 September 22, 2010 by flintis
Refugee's my ar!e, scroungers more like.

In my kommun they are making flats available for refugee's yet there is a shortage of accomodation for the locals with married couples & their children living apart or sharing 1 room of a 2 bedroom apartment.

About time the authorities got their priorities right & took care of problems on their own doorstep first.
16:03 September 22, 2010 by orangetree
I also agree that countries should be more aware of political refugees who are able to visit their homeland and who are investing there. A lot of Kurds claimed for torture and got citizienship.Now they are visiting their families twice a year + buying villas in their homeland! Pardon me !!!
17:08 September 22, 2010 by calebian22
And people wonder why SD was voted in to the Riksdag.
17:22 September 22, 2010 by VicTaulic
Don't be like America or Britain, Swede. Kick them out yesterday!!
18:40 September 22, 2010 by asian123
refugee, and aslym meaning was changed by swedish authorities i think.

it became synonym for cheaters, criminals and lazy people who just came here to live on social money and breed children. thats why SD is able to went to parliament.

i saw it everyday immigrants from certain countries breed like machines to get benefits. i never saw them doing job.
19:34 September 22, 2010 by Audrian
According to UNCH (UN, 23 March 2010) the number of asylum seekers to the industrial west has stablized at 377,000 people in 2009. Afghans toped the list of asylum applicants with 26,000 applicants, with Iraqi dropping second place with 24,000 applicants and Somali applicants 3rd place with 22,000 applicants. This is followed by Russia, China, Serbia and Nigeria.

The USA is the main destination for the 4th year round with 49,000 applicants, France, 2nd place, with 42,000 people, Canada 3rd place with 39,000 applicants and UK, 4th place, with 29,000 applicants.

Some observation: (1) Most of the asylum applicants are countries that are/were bombed by USA, with tacit support of other western governments. Serbia has not fully recovered from US agression, which destroyed its economic infrastructures. To dramatically reduce asylum seeks Europe has to prevent the US from invading countries. The next wave of asylem seeks might be Iranians when the US invades this country. (2) It is not important to know Sweden is not the most favorite destination of asylem seekers.
22:13 September 22, 2010 by calebian22
Hmm, I thought NATO was the foreign force in Serbia. I guess my history books and memory are wrong.
01:53 September 23, 2010 by Bork
I agree with Audrian above. This is a direct result of western aggression. NATO is largely a puppet of the US when European governments feel American aggression serves their interest as well. Sweden needs to stop being a silent partner with America and the UK.
02:03 September 23, 2010 by AyaMatsuura
@Åskar It's right there in the title and they are basically the same thing. Don't get your panties in a twist.
07:24 September 23, 2010 by flintis
@bork & Audrain, Serbian refugees are a result of "western agression", strange as they "WERE" the result of sectarianism in the former Yugoslavia. The "West" came in to stop the murders.

If your recolection is different you maybe had Croat teachers.
11:26 September 23, 2010 by Twiceshy
The title of article is not correct. Lack of money for poor and more money for riches is result that immi office don't want to spend money for refugeees and asylum seekers.

I agree with Audrian, imperialism produce refugees. The West did not support Serbia than Albanian geurrilla just because Milosevic made privatization for himself (that he becomes rich but not companies from the West, similar as Saddam Hussein juts Iraq was richer). What Milosevic did in Kosovo, that's what NATO is doing in Afghanistan (they bombard peasants who are guerrilla during the night but during the day they are just peasants). Milosevic was bad, the same as NATO, but nationalist guerrilla is not better (IRA, ETA, and Albanian UCK). Result is many refugees before 10 years, and still many asylum seekers because of consequences of war. Sorry, if you bomb my home or my working place, yes, I will come in your country to live on the bill of your taxes. Quite legitimate. All Iraqis, and Iranian in the future, they should come to you and live in your country until you rebuild their homes. If I come to your home and destroy TV, you will charge me and I will have to pay to you for damage. It is so. And don't forget, in the time of dictatorship, Serbs could come and work, now you don't let them to work, so, they are pushed to ask for asylum or to become criminals in order to get normal life. Better let them to work, so they can pay rent for home, than to ask for asylum and live on the bill of the state. Right wing politics just increase criminality and conflict in society and they serve their financiers, corporations (smaller taxes for riches, less money for poor). Fuj!
12:41 September 23, 2010 by Bostonexpat
Audrian--you are a complete idiot if you believe the US will invade Iran. You're not too familiar with the people/politics/mood in the states are you?

Twiceshy--are you best buds with Audrian?...also, "Right wing politics just increase criminality" ...no it's people like you that can justify any action, always feel sorry for yourself, always blame others, and moan and cry about your situation instead of trying to do something to change it....
04:45 October 7, 2010 by Marc the Texan
Also remember that the mission to Somalia was delivering food aid. It was mission impossible because of ongoing internecine warfare.
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