Dispute Over Asylum Seekers in Extended Detention

A verbal debate has broken out between Sweden’s the conservative minister of migration and opposition critics from the Greens and other parties concerning the ongoing negotiations in Brussels on the European Union proposals on refugees held in detention.

The Swedish center-right government refuses to reveal its position on the proposal during the negotiations, - while the critics argue that the proposed maximum 18-months of detention is too long for those whose only so-called crime is to request asylum.

The average usual period of detention is only a few days or weeks - but refugees in Sweden have been detained for well over a year - when authorities fear the person might go underground to escape deportation if the refuge refuses to co-operate in providing identity.

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