Crisis as Migrationsverket forced to turn single men away

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Sweden’s migration agency said on Thursday that it can no longer provide accommodation for all newly registered asylum seekers and priority will be given to families with children and the elderly, Radio Sweden reports.

Mikael Ribbenvik, director of operations at the Swedish Migration Agency (Migrationsverket), told Radio Sweden that the Agency had been left with choice than to turn away forty single men on Thursday because they could not provide a roof over their heads.

“Unfortunately we had to turn 40 people down this afternoon. We are prioritising families with children, women, the elderly, people with special needs and so on. But single men we regretfully had to turn down. Of those 40, ten returned to Denmark, ten went back to Germany, where they had just come from and 20 wanted to continue their asylum application in Sweden. They had friends or relatives here so they gave us addresses and went there.”

Ribbenvik was however not able to confirm whether the men will be sleeping on the streets.

“We have not seen that yet so I can only speculate. I don’t know how they will act. We have seen people sleeping in central stations across Europé, so that is how they will probably act,” says Mikael Ribbenvik, who added that around 600 new asylum seekers had arrived by train in the country via the southern port town of Malmö on Thursday.

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