Swedish politicians concerned about open Turkish border

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Justice Minister Morgan Johansson and Moderate party leader Ulf Kristersson are in agreement that Turkey's move to open its borders to the EU must not lead to a repeat of the 2015 refugee crisis when Sweden took in more asylum seekers per capita than any other country in Europe.

Sweden Democrat MP Martin Kinnunen, who sits on parliament's EU committee, shares their concerns but believes that the EU must end its deal with Turkey and take control of its own borders.

"We cannot have Turkey doing the job that we should be doing ourselves. We should end all aid to Turkey and we should protect our borders by ourselves, we cannot be hostages", he tells Radio Sweden.

The nationalist Sweden Democrats have long campaigned for a very restrictive migration policy.

Meanwhile, migration policy spokespeople Rasmus Ling of the Green Party and Maria Malmer Stenergard of the Moderates told Swedish Radio that Turkey should keep to its agreement with the EU, and that the EU needs to take a tough stance towards Turkey on using migrants and refugees for political gain.

Turkey and the EU reached a deal in 2016 to stop refugee flows in exchange for billions of euros in aid.