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Swedish report slams "counterproductive" border controls

Published torsdag 26 maj 2016 kl 10.44
Gränskontroll mellan Slovenien och Österrike
Gränskontroll mellan Österrike och Slovenien. Credit: Ronald Zak/TT

Dealing with migration as a security issue has led to a costly "border industry" and counter-productive policies, says a new research report.

The report, published by Sweden’s Delmi policy research committee, was authored by Ruben Andersson at the London School of Economics.

It analyses European policies on migration, and sharply criticizes what it sees as short-sighted policies that do not address the root causes of illegal migration.

Anthropologist Ruben Andersson wants more openness from EU leaders as to the costs of migration policies such as border controls. He says a “border industry” has grown up, where money is made by security firms, military patrols, aid organisations and human traffickers, based on states’ increased focus on securing their borders.

Sweden’s new EU minister, Ann Linde, says to Swedish Radio that she agrees with the report, but that Sweden was forced to bring in its tough border controls because it was seeing a high level of migration, in absolute numbers and per capita of the Swedish population.

The Delmi research committee was established by what was then Sweden’s centre-right government in 2013, and aims to be an independent source of policy research.

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