The warm welcome that Sweden and Swedes generally give to those arriving from war-torn countries has turned sour of late as more than twenty locations allocated to asylum-seekers have been set fire to. Including ours.
Danderyd is under significant political and public pressure to take in refugees - as a commune we are visibly wealthy and have lots of space. What there isn't is much in the way of suitable accommodation. The council took an inventory of empty space in the area, both council and private. On Monday 28th October 2015, the council announced the use of Pärlans as refugee accommodation (and most easily turned into accommodation fast) and on Tuesday night, someone tried to burn it down. Fortunately, the council had provided some security watch staff and those on duty at the time got the fire out fast.
Gustaf Söderlund, from Djursholm, thought that a community like ours should stand up to such racism and help the council protect the site, allowing the asylum-seekers to come and feel safe here. From Wednesday 30th October onwards, Gustaf has organised and taken part in two-hour shifts where two or more locals help guard Pärlans through the night. He is rightly getting plenty of media attention for this but, more than that, he is inspiring the community to actually do something about it. So far, he has had volunteers step up and guard each night but we do need to help him maintain this - for as long as it is needed.
To help Gustaf, please contact him directly via firstname.lastname@example.org. Even one 2-hour shift will help. Dogs, of course, are more than welcome.
Migrationsverket are keeping all locations secret from now on. What a shame it is necessary!