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Cost of flights for rejected asylum escalates

The plane used to report 45 Iraqis in February 2009. Montage: SR. Foto: Scanpix

The Swedish Prison and Probation Service reports that its costs for chartered air transportation have increased sharply in recent years, up by 55 percent since 2008.

Used primarily for deportations of rejected asylum seekers and others, the number of flights increased from 90 to 130 between 2011 and 2012.

According to the TT news agency, the cost per flight ranged between SEK 40,000 and SEK 1.3 million. The police say they are forced to use chartered planes when the person to be deported is too violent for a regular air flight, or if there are many people going to the same location.

One example, Per-Uno Johansson of the Stockholm Police tells TT, have been flights to Iraq with as many as 50 people onboard.

In its budget request to the government, the agency says it expects the number of “charter trips” to increase further in the period through 2016.

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