Sweden Minister: 80,000 refugees may face expulsion

The government has told the police and Swedish Migration Agency to get ready to deport tens of thousands of asylum seekers who may see their applications rejected in the coming year.

Speaking to business newspaper Dagens Industri, Home Affairs Minister Anders Ygeman says “we have a big challenge before us.” The plan involves asking people whose cases have been rejected to leave Sweden willingly, and then deporting them if this does not work.

The government plans to double the number of border police, and carry out more checks within Sweden.

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The Social Democrat-Green coalition government says it will charter planes to perform the estimated 60,000 to 80,000 deportations. If they are to be carried out within a year, this would mean the equivalent of a Boeing 737 every day.