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Volunteers welcome refugees at Stockholm's central station. Photo: Dave Russell/Radio Sweden
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Volunteers welcome refugees at Stockholm's central station. Photo: Dave Russell/Radio Sweden

"I can offer my spare bedroom"

5:55 min

Volunteers have been out in force at Stockholm's central station to meet and help refugees arriving there, and some Swedes want to open up their homes to asylum seekers.

On platform 19a, the delayed 9.20 train from Malmö pulls in, 50 minutes late. Two young women carry signs with the slogan "Refugees Welcome".

Caroline, 20, has been at central station since the morning rush-hour. She tells Radio Sweden that it's important to help people.

"I have been here since seven this morning. I'm here to help the refugees get a place to sleep and get food and drink."

"We're expecting ten people to come here today and we'll take them to another part of the station where there are volunteers offering food and clothes. It feels important to help them, it feels good to help them," Caroline tells Radio Sweden.

An elderly lady called Ia approaches to ask if the young women have met anyone from the Swedish Migration Agency. She is waiting on the platform to offer her spare room to any refugee needing accomodation.

"I have been thinking about what I can do about these poor kids and grown-ups coming here," Ia tells Radio Sweden.

"I have an extra room in Helenelund where I live, so I would like to accomodate someone there. I've been thinking about this from the beginning. I'm retired so I don't have much money to give but I can provide a room and share a friendship and teach them Swedish, whatever I can do!"

Karin Norrman is also on the platform to show her support. She says she would offer a room if she had the space, but that she can help in other ways.

"I have been following this refugee situation for many years. It's good that people are getting involved, but I'm sad that it's taken such a long time. We have seen these boats before and Europe is like a fortress, it's horrible," Norrman tells Radio Sweden.

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