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Sweden to Expel 80,000 Asylum Applicants


Amidst the refugee crisis in Europe on Wednesday, Sweden has intended to reject around 80,000 asylum applications.

Interior Minister Anders Ygeman said that rejected refugees who arrived last year would be deported back through charters.

“We are talking about 60,000 people but the number could climb to 80,000,” Swedish media quoted him as saying.

He said that government and police authorities will help carry out the deportation. In 2015, around 163,000 asylum seekers sought for refuge. Out of which 58,000 were given green.

On January 4, the number of refugees were limited after the authorities decided to check the photo IDs of those travelling to enter Sweden from its southern neighbour, Denmark. Those who were unable to show valid documents were sent back.

Tens of thousands of asylum seekers arrived last year in Europe, from across Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Since the number of refugees has increased, crisis has encapsulated Europe.

According to the United Nations, around 46,000 reached Greece, out of which 170 died while making crossings, as reported by The Guardian.

As per a draft by the European Union, Vice President Valois Dombrovskis said Greece has failed to follow the obligations over Europe’s passport-free Schengen zone.

On this Greece replied back and criticised the EU for “blame-game” and for “lack of actions”.

Over the refugee chaos, Olga Gerovasili, a Greek spokesperson, said that the European Commission has failed to stand by the agreement signed over refugees stranded in Greece, in a report by BBC.

Sweden has accepted the largest number of refugees among other European nations, according to its population density. Sweden has strengthened the immigration laws after various incidents of murder and harassment were reported in the last few weeks.

A case witnessed recently was when a 15-year-old refugee boy was arrested in Molndal, near Gothenburg, after he stabbed a 22-year-old refugee centre worker. Various cases emerging across Europe have made the authorities to go hard on rules.

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