Sweden rejects Italian pleas on Libya
Sweden is taking a tough stance on Italy’s pleas for help on taking possible refugees from Libya.
At a meeting of EU ministers in Brussels Thursday Swedish Migration and Asylum Minister Tobias Billström said his country last year took in 32,000 asylum-seekers for a population of nine million without begging for help, while Italy, a nation of 53 million, screamed for aid after 5,000 Tunisians washed up on its island of Lampedusa earlier this month.
If developments in Libya turn to civil war "then we'll have a huge amount of people leaving," Billström said. "But we're not there yet."