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No room left at Malmö refugee hostels

Published fredag 20 november 2015 kl 12.30
"They told me to find my own place, but how could I?"
(1:45 min)
Male asylum seekers had to sleep outdoors Thursday night. Photo: Anton Kalm/Sveriges Radio
Male asylum seekers had to sleep outdoors Thursday night. Photo: Anton Kalm/Sveriges Radio

Several asylum seekers were forced to sleep outdoors Thursday night after the Migration Agency failed to provide accommodation for them.

Around 30 men spent the cold, rainy night sleeping on the ground outside an asylum reception centre in Malmö in southern Sweden.

"We haven't had anything to eat and we weren't allowed in to drink water or to use the toilet," an asylum seeker from Afghanistan told Swedish Radio's reporter in Malmö.

The asylum seeker, called Nasretullah, arrived in Sweden a week ago and slept at the refugee hotel for five nights, but last night he was told there was no room for him and that women and families with young children were prioritised and would be allocated rooms first.

"They told me I had to find my own place, but how could I?” said Nasretullah. “We don't speak Swedish and we don't have any relatives here."

On Thursday, Mikael Ribbenvik, director of operations at the Swedish Migration Agency, told Radio Sweden that they had to turn away forty single men because they could not provide a roof over their heads.

The Migration Agency has long warned that the housing situation in Sweden is acute but it was not until Thursday that the agency stated it could no longer handle its mission to provide housing for all asylum seekers arriving in Sweden.

And for some that is devastating news.

"I came here to have a peaceful life but now I will sleep in the streets," said Nasretullah.

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