Date
24 March 2017
Stefan Lofven (right) and his deputy, Asa Romson, look grim Tuesday as they announce stricter rules for refugees seeking asylum in Sweden. Photo: Reuters
Stefan Lofven (right) and his deputy, Asa Romson, look grim Tuesday as they announce stricter rules for refugees seeking asylum in Sweden. Photo: Reuters

Sweden tightens asylum rules in bid to spread refugee burden

Sweden will introduce tighter border controls and asylum rules, in an attempt to reduce the number of asylum seekers reaching the country and force other EU members to take in more refugees, the government said.

The country expects up to 190,000 asylum seekers to reach its borders this year and says its reception system cannot cope, Reuters reported.

“The situation is untenable,” Prime Minister Stefan Lofven told a news conference Tuesday.

“Now, to put it bluntly, more people will have to seek asylum and get protection in other European countries.”

Neighboring Norway said later Tuesday it will also strengthen border controls.

The move by Stockholm is a huge blow to Swedes’ view of their country as a humanitarian superpower and a team player in international organizations.

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