“There Are No More Hotel Beds At All”: Sweden’s Tourism Industry Collapses As Resorts Become Refugee Centers

“German joblessness was unchanged in March, snapping a run of five consecutive declines, in a sign that Europe’s largest economy may be struggling to absorb a wave of refugees,” Bloomberg wrote, earlier today, adding  that “Germany admitted more than 1 million migrants in 2015 alone [which] increased the pool of potential workers.”A new report from Berlin’s labor agency suggests that it will likely be years before the country experiences any benefit from the migration wave. “It can be expected that the labor supply will expand because of migration and the number of unemployed refugees will rise,” as it will take time for migrants to master the language and obtain the qualifications they’ll need to join the labor force.

Meanwhile, in Sweden, the toursim industry is being choked off by the migrant flows. According to SvD Naringsliv, the Swedish Migration Board’s move to transform tourist facilities into asylum centers means they’ll be no more room for vacationers – literally. Continue reading