Asylum seekers in Kalmar get free bus passes

Kalmar county is the first in Sweden to offer asylum seekers free bus cards, with the hope that it reduces isolation for people living further from town centers.

The project has been active for a year now, and is a collaboration between the Migration Agency, the Kalmar county council and the Kalmar traffic authority. The traffic authority sells the bus cards at a reduced price, and the cost to the Migration Agency is around SEK 500,000 per month, Swedish Television in Småland region reported.

Lars Borgemo, department head at the Migration Agency in Högsby, is positive about the project and hopes that it will help integration and fight isolation, which sometimes inflicts those living in asylum housing, he said to Swedish Television.