A group of Christian asylum seekers have been forced to move from one of the Migration Board accommodations in Kalmar County after being harassed and threatened by fundamentalist Islamists.
The Christians feared for their own safety after it was demanded that they would stop wearing Christian symbols, like crosses around their necks. They were not welcome in the common areas, like kitchens when the aggressive Muslim group was there.
- They chose on their own to find another accommodation, said a person with good insight into the business, to the local newspaper. They dared not stay. The atmosphere became too intimidating. And they got no help.
Michael Lönnegren in Högsby is deputy director of the Migration Board's premises in Kalmar County. He confirms that a group of Christian asylum seekers felt compelled to move from an asylum accommodation after conflicts with Muslim residents.
- It is of course totally unacceptable that something like this happens, he says. We look very seriously at this.
Michael Lönnegren emphasizes that it was not the Swedish Migration Board that decided to move the Christian group. It was a decision they made themselves, and they also arranged accommodation on their own.
There is no division in the ethnicity or religion of the Migration Board's reception centers. People from different sides in a conflict may thus end up in the same accommodation.
- We assume that those fleeing to obtain a haven in our country also follow our country's laws when they come here, says Mikael Lönnegren.
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