‘‘Even though the numbers in some countries in Europe are higher than normal, they are still nothing compared to the numbers in neighboring countries,’’ Aikomus said.
In the snowy parking lot of the asylum center in Marsta, Attiki smoked a cigarette with new acquaintances from Syria and Yemen, as they waited for transportation to a temporary housing unit, 90 minutes to the north.
The bus pulled up and they loaded their luggage into the cargo bay, including the plastic bags with bed linen and toiletries that are handed out to all asylum-seekers.
Except for his wife, who he hoped would join him soon in Sweden, Attiki said he had already left Syria behind him.
‘‘I'm looking for safety,’’ he said. ‘‘A good life. And to make a family.’’