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Sweden to deport up to 80,000 refugees
Up to 80,000 refugees who arrived in Sweden last year will be expelled
from the country over the next few years, the country's interior
minister said Thursday.
Anders Ygeman told newspaper Dagens Industri that since about 45 percent
of asylum applications are currently rejected, the country must get
ready to send back tens of thousands of the 163,000 who sought shelter
in Sweden in 2015.
"I think that it could be about 60,000 people, but it could also be up
to 80,000," Ygeman was quoted as saying.
Ygeman's spokesman, Victor Harju, confirmed the announcement, adding
that the minister was simply applying the current approval rate to the
record number of asylum-seekers.
"That rate could of course change," Harju added.
Germany and Sweden were the top destinations for asylum-seekers in
Europe last year, with Sweden receiving one of the highest amounts of
refugees per capita in the European Union.
Asylum-seekers whose applications are rejected are normally transported
out of Sweden on commercial flights. But because of the large number
being rejected they would use specially chartered aircraft to take them
out of the country, Ygeman said.
The number of new arrivals has dropped sharply since Sweden's left-wing
government brought in systematic photo ID checks for travellers earlier
The announcement comes after a teenage refugee was arrested on suspicion
of murdering a female employee at a youth refugee centers in Molndal,
near Gothenburg, earlier this week.
A motive for the stabbing attack was not clear, but her death has led to
questions about overcrowded conditions in some centers, with too few
adults and employees to look after children.
Meanwhile, neighboring Denmark voted in favour of seizing the assets of
asylum seekers to help pay for their stay while their claims are
Valuables worth more than 10,000 kroner ($1,500) will be seized by
police as migrants enter the country to help cover their housing and
It is part of a package of immigration reforms designed to make Denmark
less appealing for asylum-seekers. However, some have likened it to the
Nazis confiscating gold and other valuables from Jews during the
The Danish government says it's simply applying the same rules to
refugees as to Danes who receive social benefits.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.