Sweden Plans To Expel 80,000 Migrants

Sweden had the highest per capita number of asylum applications of any European country in 2015.
Sweden had the highest per capita number of asylum applications of any European country in 2015.

Sweden had the highest per capita number of asylum applications of any European country in 2015.

Sweden intends to expel up to 80,000 migrants who arrived in 2015 and whose application for asylum has been rejected, Interior Minister Anders Ygeman said Wednesday. “We are talking about 60,000 people but the number could climb to 80,000,” the minister said, adding that the government had asked the police and authorities in charge of migrants to organise their expulsion. Ygeman said the expulsion, normally carried out using commercial flights, would have to be done using specially chartered aircraft, given the large numbers. Sweden, which is home to 9.8 million people, is one of the European Union countries that has taken in the largest number of refugees in relation to its population. Sweden accepted more than 160,000 asylum seekers last year. The proposed measures was announced as Europe struggles to deal with a crisis that has seen tens of thousands of migrants arrive on Greek beaches, with the passengers- mostly fleeing conflict in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, undeterred by cold wintry conditions. 

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