Bulgarian berry-pickers outside their country's embassy in Stockholm, Photo: Fredrik Persson
bulgarian berry-pickers left in jämtland forest

Berry-pickers overnighting outside embassy

Around 40 Bulgarian berry-pickers slept in a bus outside the Bulgarian embassy in Stockholm Friday night. Five embassy personnel personnel have been working to book tickets for them home.

The group, who have been picking berries in the province of Jämtland, say they were taken to Sweden by an unknown person with promises that there would be work for them. But, they say, they were left in a forest with very poor living conditions.

The embassy tells the TT news agency that it doesn’t have funds to pay for travel back to Bulgaria, and the hope is that friends and family back home will send money.

The embassy is providing them with some food and water. The bus they are sleeping in has been provided by the local Stockholm authorities.

Arrest for human trafficking

Swedish Radio News reports that a Bulgarian man has been arrested following a police complaint from three of the berry-pickers. He is accused of human trafficking.

Berry-pickers ask for help

Swedish Radio reports that around 10 Bulgarian berry-pickers have turned to the authorities in Kopparberg for food and money so they can travel home.

Bulgarian ambassador calls for local 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.

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