New shelter to open for Stockholm Roma beggars

Beggars have become a common sight in Sweden’s capital in 2014, with up to 500 mostly Roma migrants arriving since the spring, according to Stockholm City Council.

The council is preparing to open a disused public building in a currently undisclosed location on days when temperatures drop below -7C, but it won’t be available until at least the end of the first week in January. Night time temperatures in the Swedish capital have fallen to as low as -12C in recent days.

“The cold weather came about a week earlier than expected,” Veronica Wollgast Karlberg, project manager at the city’s Social Services Department told The Local…