From Truth Revolt: Sweden has announced it will modify its very generous refugee policy, reversing its open-door policy for those fleeing persecution and war. The policy will revert to the EU minimum, said Swedish prime minister Stefan Lofven. Most refugees would receive only temporary residence permits and identity checks would be imposed on all modes of transport, and the right to bring families to Sweden would be severely restricted, he said.
“We are adapting Swedish legislation temporarily so that more people choose to seek asylum in other countries … We need respite,” Löfven said, criticising the EU for failing to agree to spread refugees more evenly around the bloc.
“It pains me that Sweden is no longer capable of receiving asylum seekers at the high level we do today. We simply cannot do any more.”
The reversal in refugee policy, which follows the imposition of border controls two weeks ago, marks a policy choice the ruling red-green coalition would have considered unthinkable until asylum seekers began arriving this autumn at a rate of 10,000 a week. Official estimates suggest up to 190,000 could come to the country of 10 million people this year.
The rise in refugee numbers has caused a frantic scramble to place roofs over their heads. At the weekend refugees arriving in the southern city of Malmö were forced to sleep on the streets because no beds could be found.
The new asylum rules will apply for three years. Temporary resident permits will be granted to all refugees in addition to those relocated in accordance with EU quotas.