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More failed asylum seekers deported

Published tisdag 23 juli 2013 kl 10.30
There have been protests against the deportations. Photo: Bertil Enevåg Sericson/Scanpix

The government wants to deport more people who have not been granted asylum, and last year 25 per cent more people were deported, as part of the controversial REVA project.

Deportations are supposed to increase even more this year, and in some parts of the country this target looks to be met. "In 2012 we carried out 509 forced deportations and this year it will probably be even more," says Kristina Hallander Spångberg, head of the Skåne border police.

She says they have managed to send more people out of the country without using more staff.

The REVA project is controversial in Sweden, a country where many are proud of its reputation as a safe haven for refugees. The new focus on deportations has been criticised, with reports that police have been stopping "foreign looking people" to check their residence status as part of the REVA project.

And the head of the torture and trauma unit at a Stockholm child hospital says that some people are now scared of coming to hospitals, as they are worried that the police come and find them there.

But the head of the criminal police in Skåne, Stefan Sinteus, says to Radio Sweden that their increase in deportations is not down to the REVA project, but because of the extra deportations based on the EU's Dublin Convention. This rule states that an asylum seeker has to have their case tried in the first country they arrive in, which is part of the Schengen Area. So Sweden has been sending more and more people back to countries like Italy, where many asylum seekers first enter the EU:

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