Nicolas Silva, Slim Matoussi och Adel Batsi är några av alla frivilliga som spenderat natten och morgonen på Malmö centralstation. Foto: Anton Kalm/Sveriges Radio
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Nicolas Silva, Slim Matoussi and Adel Batsi are three of the volunteers who helped at Malmö central station. Photo: Anton Kalm/Sveriges Radio
Flyktingar på Malmö central. Foto: Ola Torkelsson/TT
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Refugees at Malmö central station. Photo: Ola Torkelsson/TT

Volunteers welcome refugees in Malmö

It was a hectic night at the Swedish Migration Agency's reception housing in Malmö, with 230 refugees arriving between Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning, reports news agency TT.

Only a small proportion of the tens of thousands of refugees who are coming to Germany from the East are trying to reach Sweden via Denmark.

One volunteer, Nicolas Silva, spent nine hours throughout the night and morning at the Malmö central station meeting and helping the new arrivals. Silva estimated that over 70 refugees had slept at the station. Some wept with joy at having reached Sweden, while others felt worried, according to Swedish Radio's Malmö station.

Silva told the local station that he was not tired. "This has made me feel wide awake, because these people need our help, we know how to do this and know the rules. I see this as a positive thing, we're doing a good deed for the new arrivals."

Some of the refugees who arrived in Malmö on Monday and on Tuesday morning chose to continue to Stockholm or Gothenburg by train.

The Swedish train operator, SJ, decided not to require identity documents for fleeing refugees. They are also letting refugees on whith more baggage than what would otherwise be allowed, and taking away the extra fee that is normally charged when a ticket is purchased on board, writes newspaper ETC.

Police in neighboring Denmark estimate that around 1,150 refugees have arrived there since Sunday, but around 300 of them have gone missing. The police believe that private individuals are offering them rides.

A Danish motorway was closed on Monday to prevent immigrants from going north to Sweden, and then reopened again during the night after Danish police stated that there were no more refugees along the E47.

Denmark does not want the refugees to move on to Sweden before they are registered, as per the Dublin Convention, which stipulates that refugees must apply for asylum in the EU country they enter first. Many refugees, however, do not want to register in the the country of their initial arrival and some try to continue under the radar until they arrive at their goal destination.

Danish prime minister Lars Lökke Rasmussen called for “extraordinary negotiations” with Sweden as large groups of refugees tried to march from Denmark to Sweden Monday.

According to Jonathan Holst, press secretary for Justice and Migration Minister Morgan Johansson, the Danish and Swedish governments had been in contact at the state secretary level about the refugee situation.

Holst said that it is up to the Danish government to decide the best way to organize refugee reception and underlined that the Swedish government wants more EU countries to take responsibility for refugee reception and also to register people according to the existing rules. Further discussions are not planned, according to TT. 

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