In August, Uffe Rustan and his children are forced to move out of their home that they are renting from the municipality in the city of Lidingö in Sweden.
The reason is that a newly arrived family of migrants from the Middle East is to move in instead, reports the local newspaper.
- You can not put a family on the streets to be replaced with another family, says Uffe Rustan.
Last Friday Uffe Rustan listened to his voice mail. There was a message from the municipality and he was asked to call back as soon as possible.
- Then I was evicted from my home over the phone. When I asked for the reason, he said that people come from other countries. He left the news and basically just said have a nice weekend. Not to get such a decision in writing is like ending a relationship over the phone, says Uffe Rustan.
He lives in the house that they rent from the city along with his two teenage boys Rasmus (15) and Linus (17).
The message to move came as a shock to the whole family.
- We have quite recently moved here and just when it starts to feel like home we are evicted, says Rasmus Eriksson Rustan.
Big brother Linus agrees.
- It is very sad, he says.
Besides Uffe and his two children, also a friend of Linus lives with them.
- He is sad and very disappointed by this, says Uffe.
Uffe Rustan was born and raised in Lidingö. So were his children.
- It feels like I'm worth less, even though I pay taxes and my kids go to school here. If only it had been a kindergarten or something, but you can not put a family on the streets for another family.
The agreement with the city is a six-month contract that the family has renewed once.
- From the start the city said it had no plans to do anything with the house and they said they might even fix a permanent contract, but later they said they could not. Everything has been very uncertain, and now this, says Uffe Rustan.
For a year they have been living in the house. But it has been anything but a quiet and relaxing time.
- Over half the time we have lived here, there have been renovations, it has been a construction site, and we have not received any compensation.
Uffe Rustan says that the renovations were completed in February. Just as they settled down came the news to move.
- It feels a little depressing. I think this is about morality and how to treat people, that everyone should be treated equally. But apparently I'm worth less than any other.
Now Uffe, Rasmus and Linus are planning for what to do at the end of summer.
- Probably, we have to move from here, but I do not think it is right. I can stay with friends, but it is worse for the children.
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