“The Arctic prison”: Refugees in limbo in Neiden, Norway

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Ninety-six asylum seekers, mostly from Syria and Afghanistan, are being housed in a hotel in the Arctic Circle town of Neiden. The temperature often drops as low as –30C, and there are only a few hours of daylight a day. Photographer Alessandro Iovino describes the challenges faced by the town’s latest inhabitants

Neiden is a Norwegian village of 100 inhabitants, 28 miles (45km) from Kirkenes, which is a major entry point for refugees and migrants on the ‘polar route’ to northern Europe. Since October more than 24,000 people haven entered Norway from Russia, crossing at the Storskog border station near Kirkenes. Most are Syrian and Afghan; others come from Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan.

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