Swedes Enter Bidding War With Gov’t To Prevent Migrant Shelter In Neighborhood

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Residents of a Swedish neighborhood entered a bidding war with the government to prevent a house currently leased by motorcycle club Hells Angels from turning into a refugee shelter.

It is rumored that the city of Nacka intends to use the property as a refugee shelter for 18 unaccompanied migrant children. When the news broke, people in the neighborhood showed their anger with more than 90 emails to city authorities. (RELATED: Desperate Swedish Residents Prefer Hells Angels As Neighbors Rather Than Refugees)

The local residents had no issues with the Hells Angels as neighbors, but are worried of what will happen if migrants move in.

“We have during our 10 years never felt fear for the current tenants Hells Angels, rather the opposite,” a Nacka resident wrote in an email to the city. “They have never scared our children or misbehaved. Now, if the rumors are true that 18 child migrants are moving in, our children’s fun and our open doors will be a part of history.”

The residents fear the neighborhood will become less safe, and housing prices will go down as a result. The desperation has grown to a point where they hired a real estate agent to help them purchase the house and block the government’s plans.

“A couple of people have called and asked what’s going on [with the property],” Tor-Ingemar Ehn, the realtor in charge of selling the property, told Aftonbladet. “A couple of people with no interest in using the property have been in touch.”

Ehn said he has never experienced anything like this during his 24 years in the real estate business.

“Ususally 100 percent of the people who call have an actual interest in buying the property,” he said.

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