Record-high profit

The largest provider of temporary accommodation for asylum seekers in Sweden invoiced the Swedish Migration Board for 330 million kronor for the first six months of this year. The sum was SKr 172 million for the same period last year.

Swedish entrepreneur and former politician Bert Karlsson’s company Jokarjo has invoiced the Swedish Migration Board for SKr 137 million so far this year for its services, to be compared with SKr 32 million for the same period last year.

“We’re best at what we do and our prices are the lowest, which is why we’re growing the fastest. Sales and profit will continue upwards,” says Bert Karlsson, who says Jokarjo and other providers could lower their prices considerably if the Migration Board were to extend their contracts from today’s three months to up to three years.

Karlsson tells DI his dream is to turn refugee reception centres into integration schools, and that he plans to open 20 new centres specifically aimed at unaccompanied child refugees.