Refugees arriving in Sweden refuse to leave bus as it is 'too cold'

Swedish authorities were called to remove a group of refugees who have refused to get off a bus for three days saying it was "too cold".

The group of 14 people, all from Syria and Iraq, did not want to move into the asylum centre due to the temperatures and said the village they have been taken to is too isolated.

Swedish Migration Agency spokeswoman Maria Lofgren said the bus company Westin Buss called the Swedish Enforcement Agency after the group, who were part of a larger group of 60, refused to alight at Limedsforsen to stay in wooden chalets while their asylum claims were assessed.

They complained about being too far from the nearest town and have demanded to be taken to a big city or even Germany, she said.

“It’s not totally in the middle of nowhere. There is a shop and buses,” Lofgren said.

Limedsforsen is in the skiing Malung-Sälen Municipality in central Sweden. Credit: Google Maps

Syrian refugee, Hadeel Waez told Swedish public service broadcaster, SVT that it was "not possible" for everyone including children and pregnant women to live there.

"It’s too cold, there are no shops and no doctor," he said.

Temperatures in Sweden can fall as low as -30 degrees Celsius during the long, cold winters.

The Migration Agency says the country is receiving so many refugees – 10,000 a week – that structures set up to deal with them are being overwhelmed.

“With the number of arrivals continuing to increase, the accommodations we can find are further and further away from the big cities,” Lofgren said.

Sweden, with a population of nearly 10 million, expects to receive up to 190,000 asylum applications this year, putting it among the EU states with the highest proportion of refugees per capita.