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Swedish luxury cruise ship to house 1,260 muslim ‘refugees’


In November The Local reported that Migrationsverket was hoping to use cruise ships to ease a housing shortage for the record number of people who have travelled to the country in 2015.

The refugee influx has eased since, but authorities are still working to find long-term accommodation to where they can transfer people still staying at emergency housing centres for asylum seekers.

The agency revealed on Wednesday that a passenger ship owned by Gothenburg firm Accumul8or Invest AB has agreed to make available beds and cabins for up to 1,260 people.

“It’s a bit unusual,” Migrationsverket press spokesperson Willis Åberg told regional tabloid GT.

“It’s nothing we’re used to. It’s new for Sweden and it’s also new for the shipping industry.”

It has not yet been announced in


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