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Low uptake to rent out Stockholm rooms to immigrants

Published tisdag 15 november 2016 kl 09.39
City official: Very pleased with the response
(1:22 min)
Apartment buildings in southern Stockholm.
Apartment buildings in southern Stockholm. Credit: Fredrik Sandberg / TT.

Stockholm city hoped thousands of residents would open their homes to a newly arrived immigrant but, to date, few have shown interest.

About 70 people have expressed an interest in renting out a room or a flat to one of the more than 6,000 newly arrived immigrants expected to live in the capital.

Back in mid-October, the city's mayor, Karin Wanngård, hoped many more people would sign up.

"Hopefully we will reach 2,000 rooms, because it is a lot of people coming this year, but we also have a lot of new people entering the city next year," Wanngård told Radio Sweden.

Despite the low numbers, Stockholm's Head of Social Services Karin Bergsmansgård told Swedish Radio's local channel in Stockholm that the city was happy with the turnout.

"We are very pleased with the response and the interest that has been received," she said.

According to the template published on the city's website, Stockholm is prepared to pay approximately SEK 4,000 per month for a room, SEK 8,000 for a flat, and SEK 12,000 for a whole house.

A mobile team from the council will be in charge of checking the accommodation and of matching tenants with their new landlords and landladies, and will also be responsible for following up to ensure things are going well.

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