Asylum seekers complain about cold weather
The Swedish migration board has struck a deal with Lapland Resorts, the owner of Riksgränsen, to house 600 migrants in the world’s most northerly ski resort.
“As everyone knows, there is a refugee crisis in the world. Now asylum seekers are arriving in Sweden and the Migration Board has a major urgent need to find temporary housing to accommodate all those who need help. We at Lapland Resorts AB are very pleased to be able to help,” Sven Kuldkepp, CEO of Lapland Resorts, told Swedish newspaper Norrbottenskuriren.
The Hotel Riksgränsen offers spa treatments, massages, a swimming pool, a bubble bath and a sauna as well as “spectacular” mountain views from its bedrooms.
The migrants will be allowed to stay at the resort until February, when the tourist ski season gets underway. More migrants are being transported to northern Sweden despite some of them complaining that the environment is too harsh.
“It was terrible, just wind and snow, and the roads were slippery. The moment we got out of the bus we slipped and fell down,” said Esam Taha, one of a group of migrants who initially refused to enter a refugee center near Östersund after being told by officials they would be taken to Stockholm.
While migrants enjoy the amenities of the ski resort, Swedish citizens continue to be burdened by a housing shortage exacerbated by the large numbers of immigrants the country takes in each year. Some politicians are also urging citizens to give up their garages in order to house third world immigrants.
Sweden is set to take in more refugees this year than ever before, with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven recently announcing that tent cities would need to be created in order to accommodate them all.
With European countries simply unable to cope with the numbers, hotels and other resorts are having to be repurposed in order to accommodate the wave of migrants.
Some politicians have even called for giving free housing, jobs and welfare to returning ISIS jihadists – all at taxpayer expense.
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