Refugee boom leads to campground shelters

Refugee boom leads to campground shelters
A recent spike in the number of asylum seekers coming to Sweden has forced the Migration Board (Migrationsverket) to convert a campground on Sweden’s west coast into temporary housing for would-be refugees.

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.

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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