Date
29 March 2017
Refugees sleep outside the entrance of the Swedish Migration Agency's arrival center for asylum seekers in Malmo, Sweden. Photo: Reuters
Refugees sleep outside the entrance of the Swedish Migration Agency's arrival center for asylum seekers in Malmo, Sweden. Photo: Reuters

Sweden to expel up to 80,000 would-be migrants

Sweden plans to expel up to 80,000 asylum-seekers whose applications have been rejected in a bid to control the influx of people, the country’s interior minister said.

“We are talking about 60,000 people but the number could climb to 80,000,” BBC News quoted Minister Anders Ygeman as saying.

He said charter aircraft would be used to deport the migrants over several years.

Some 163,000 migrants applied for asylum in Sweden last year, the highest per capita number in Europe, the broadcaster said.

Only 55 percent of the 58,800 cases processed last year were accepted.

According to migration officials, 35,400 unaccompanied minors sought asylum in the Scandinavian country last year, five times the number in 2014, the report said.

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