Refugees and migrants to Sweden this weekend, have been forced to sleep outdoors. Sweden can no longer provide shelter for those seeking asylum in the country.
People seeking asylum must henceforth arrange residency on their own, wrote the Migration Board in a statement Thursday.
The consequences came fast. In Malmö many were forced to sleep under the open sky, according to TT.
- We sleep together on the ground, it is cold, said Ali Agha Bostani from Afghanistan to Kvällsposten.
The Migration Board announced earlier this month that it was in urgent need of new reception centers.
- What we've alerted about for some time now has occurred. We have entered a new phase where the Migration Board can not provide shelter for all. There are simply not enough beds, says operational manager Mikael Ribbenvik.
Families will be given priority when receiving shelter. Mainly it will be single men who will suffer from deficiencies of residency, writes the Migration Board.
- A voluntary organization has given them sleeping mats and the Migration Board has handed out blankets which they will have to try to cope with, says Mohamed, who works as a volunteer, to Sydsvenskan.
- The system has collapsed, said a police officer.
On Thursday, some 600 refugees arrived to the Migration Board's already full premises in Malmö.
A cold wave, bringing up to 20 cm of snow, is expected in the coming days in southern Sweden.
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