December 15, 2019
This of course is not a joke.
Nothing in Sweden is a joke.
I do wonder if it is a plot by elderly women to get sex.
The first time the young immigrant men met their future Swedish neighbors, it was Kristin Ohman who made contact.
“They were standing alone so I came over to meet them and I gave them some flowers,” the 74-year-old smiles, as she remembers the gathering of the 70 people hand-picked to live in her new apartment building. “They seemed a bit shy, but they were all very positive.”
The “SällBo” project in the Swedish city of Helsingborg aims to combat loneliness among the elderly at the same time as helping former child refugees integrate by housing them side-by-side in the same building. There are 31 flats for retired people and 20 for 18- to 25-year-olds, ten of which are reserved for people who arrived in Sweden as unaccompanied child asylum-seekers.
The project’s name combines the word “sällskap,” meaning company or togetherness, with “bo,” meaning to live, and under their contract, residents commit to socialize with each other for at least two hours a week, helped along by a live-in social coordinator.
“It’s not only the first in Sweden,” says Dragana Curovic, an integration specialist at Helsingborgshem, the city’s municipal housing company. “Our constellation is unique anywhere in the world.”
Built as a home for seniors in the 1960s, the block became Sweden’s largest housing facility for unaccompanied child asylum-seekers in the aftermath of the 2015 European refugee crisis.
It might be the first, but it won’t be the last.
Your granny may well end up living with Afghanis in her old people’s home. On a long enough timeline, everyone’s granny will be living with Afghani refugees from the Syrian war.
I hope you like the idea of your granny having voluntary sex with 35-year-old Afghan children. Because the only other option is rape.
And you thought The Royal Majesty was kooky.