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Swedish PM enters deportation row

Published måndag 18 mars 2013 kl 11.08

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has entered a row over the deportation of undocumented migrants from Sweden, telling Swedish Television's Agenda current affairs programme, that people who face deportation, have no choice but to leave the country.

Reinfeldt went on to say that he believed there was no need for new legislation, and that people who faced deportation from Sweden had to accept the decision to go. He also stressed that Sweden has the most generous asylum and immigartion policies in the developed world.

Swedish police are facing criticism of their so-called "Reva" initiative to find and deport people who do not have permission to stay in Sweden, with allegations that police are targeting people with dark hair and skin.

Jan Björklund, leader of Sweden's Liberal Party, one of the four parties in the country's ruling coalition, has appealed for consensus across the political spectrum on the issue.

He says that a failure to do so risks undermining an agreement reached between the main political parties after the last general election, to maintain a majority in parliament on immigration that ensures Sweden's far right, anti-immigration party, the Sweden Democrats, is unable to influence policy in this area.

Björklund said that recent comments by Sweden's immigration mininster, Tobias Billström of the centre-right Moderate Party, referring to immigrant numbers as "volumes" were unhelpful. Last week, Sweden's Green Party threatened to withdraw their support from the deal.

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