Around 600 migrants to move to Lapland ski resort

Riksgränsen is located 200 kilometres above the Arctic Circle
The world’s most northerly ski resort will soon become home to more than 600 asylum seekers, as Sweden struggles to find temporary accommodation for large numbers of refugees.
Riksgränsen, located 200 kilometres above the Arctic Circle near the Swedish-Norwegian border, has signed a deal with Migrationsverket, the Swedish Migration Agency.
“Migrationsverket has a major urgent need to find temporary housing to accommodate all those who need help,” Sven Kuldkepp, chief executive of Lapland Resorts, told the Swedish newspaper Norrbottenskuriren. “We at Lapland Resorts AB are very pleased to be able to help. Why leave it empty and cold when it can be quite full and warm.”
The refugees will be allowed to stay until February, when the peak ski season gets underway, Kuldepp explained. It will “not affect our ordinary activities” and possibly create jobs for some of the asylum seekers, he said.
But some campaigners have raised concerns about people from the Middle East and Africa adapting to the north’s dark and freezing conditions. Others say that those who have already been located to northern Sweden are adapting well.
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