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Sweden reverses its open-door refugee policy

  • Sweden has reversed its open-door policy towards refugees, saying it needs “respite” from the surging thousands who are seeking asylum in the country.

    Prime minister Stefan Löfven said most refugees will receive temporary residence permits. Other steps being introduced include identity checks on various modes of transport, and a severe restriction of the right to bring families to Sweden.  

    “It pains me that Sweden is no longer capable of receiving asylum seekers at the high level we do today,” Löfven said. “We simply cannot do any more.”

     

     

    Tagged as: Sweden, open-door policy, refugees, asylum, Stefan Löfven, migrant crisis, world news