Thursday, January 28, 2016
Sweden to deport nearly 80,000 asylum seekers amid migrant-linked violence.
Sweden to deport nearly 80,000 asylum seekers amid migrant-linked violence. (RT).
Sweden is planning to expel nearly 80,000 refugees and migrants who arrived in the country in 2015, Interior Minister Anders Ygeman said, adding that their applications for asylum had been rejected.
“We are talking about 60,000 people, but the number could climb to 80,000,” Swedish media quoted Ygeman as saying.
Police and local authorities have been tasked with organizing the departures by charter flights. The countries of origin of the rejected asylum seekers have not been disclosed.
Sweden, which has the population of 9.8 million people, is one of the EU countries that took in the largest share of refugees per head of population. In 2015, it accepted over 160,000 refugees and migrants. Hmmm........If they can find them? Read the full story here.
Related: 14,000 Undocumented Migrants Vanish Without a Trace in Sweden
The country's Migration Agency told 21,748 people to leave Sweden a month ago, Aftonbladet reported on Friday, but now 14,140 of them have been listed as "departed" or "wanted," with no further information.
Some are thought to be keeping a low profile somewhere within the country; others are believed to have crossed the Swedish border. "We simply don't know where they are," the newspaper quoted Patrik Engström, Director of Sweden's National Operations Division (NOA), as saying.