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Asylum seekers protest living conditions

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07:32 CET+01:00
Some thirty asylum seekers stormed out of housing assigned for them in Askersund in central Sweden on Tuesday in protest at "unsanitary conditions" while a further facility in Eskilstuna is set to close after a wave of violence.

The group of about 30 asylum seekers left the newly opened accommodation outside Askersund, jumping a train to return to their former residence in Gävle.

But without tickets they were forced to alight in Lindesberg and were then driven by coach back to Askersund.

The asylum-seekers proceeded to refuse for several hours to get off the bus until police were able to persuade them to accede.

Elsewhere the condition is described to be serious for the man who was stabbed at an asylum seeker facility in Eskilstuna on Monday evening.

Both the police and residents have testified about a wave of fights at the facility and the Migration Board (Migrationsverket) has decided to close it, but currently has no alternative accommodation.

"We are in agreement with the municipality to close down the facility by the end of January. But today we do not have any other space. We have people living in the corridors and lying on mattresses in the reception accommodation," said Ulrik Åshuvud at the reception centre in nearby Västerås, underlining that Eskilstuna is a better alternative at the moment.

A man in his 20s, who lives at the Eskilstuna centre, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after the attack.

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