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Sweden turns to Caribbean cruise ship to house refugees

Sweden’s migration agency plans to convert luxury cruise ship into floating asylum centre

A luxury cruise ship which spent decades crossing the sun-drenched waters of the Caribbean and the Mediterranean could be en route for Sweden’s chilly Baltic coast to be converted into an asylum centre.

Sweden’s Migration Agency is close to signing a deal with charter company US Shipmanagers to bring the 1, 790-passenger Ocean Gala to Sweden, planning to berth it in Harnosand, a small port 270 miles north of Stockholm.

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“I am extremely pleased. This means that we are prepared, so that we’re not going to end up in a situation where we can’t offer a roof over people’s heads, ” Willis Åberg, accommodation chief at Sweden’s Migration Agency, told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

Read the full story at The Telegraph, by Richard Orange, Malmo

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