Ambassador calls for berry-picker meeting
Bulgaria’s ambassador to Sweden has requested a meeting with the authorities in Söderhamn, 250 kilometers north of Stockholm, to discuss the recent problems concerning berry-pickers from his country.
The newspaper Hudiksvalls Tidning reports that earlier this week around 10 Bulgarians went to the police station in Söderhamn and said they had been tricked with false promises into coming to Sweden.
On Friday a Bulgarian man was arrested for human trafficking after a complaint from three berry-pickers.
The newspaper says Bulgarian ambassador Svetlan Christov Stoev wants to make sure his countrymen aren’t stranded in Sweden, and at the same time avoid negative publicity.
The company that manages the local forest had expected around 50 berry-pickers his summer, but instead ten times that number have shown up. They’ve been accused of cutting down trees, setting fires, and petty thefts in the area, and have been ordered out of the forest.