Social Democrat Sedat Arif
Social Democrat Sedat Arif. Credit: Lars Ekman/Sveriges Radio

More children in Malmö becoming homeless

2:12 min

Homelessness is often equated with mental illness and addiction but for a growing number of families with children in Malmö, it's about being unable to afford to have a roof over their heads.

A shortage of affordable rental accomodation has seen the number of homeless children in Malmö rise by 26 percent in a year, according to statistics from Malmö City council.

This October, 3,300 people in Malmö were counted as homeless, almost 500 more than the previous year. Of those, 1,347 are children.

"This is serious, particularly for children," says Sedat Arif (S) deputy mayor for labour market and social services in Malmö.  

"This is about children sitting in cheap hotels rooms with their families trying to do their homework or eat some food," he tells Radio Sweden.

To listen to the interview, click on the link above. 

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