Photo: Jessica Gow / TT
The Green party leader Gustav Fridolin and the Prime Minister Stefan Löfven (Social Democrat) being interviewed after the party leader meeting on Thursday night, in which the European refugee crisis was the focus. Photo: Jessica Gow / TT

"Broad consensus" on refugee policy

Leaders of Sweden's parliamentary parties met at the government's administrative offices in Stockholm on Thursday evening to discuss how to solve the European refugee crisis.

After the meeting concluded, Swedish Television News described it as largely informational, and Omni reported that it did not concern negotiations, rather had to do with discussing the significance of producing concrete results for the acceptance of more refugees among all the countries in Europe.

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven said afterwards that there is a broad consensus.

According to Swedish Television News, one of the concrete measures they discussed was the EU Commission's suggestion for forced refugee quotas, so that the 160,000 asylum seekers currently in Hungary, Greece and Italy can be distributed more evenly throughout the EU's member states.

They also discussed national migration and integration policy. Jimmie Åkesson, the leader of the anti-immigration party, the Sweden Democrats, was not invited to the meeting.

Ebba Bush Thor, the leader of the opposition Christian Democrats, said that there was a consensus that more countries needed to take responsibility for refugees, and that she would like to see both the EU and Sweden take in more quota refugees.

Annie Lööf, the leader of the Center party, gave birth to a daughter this evening and was thus absent from the meeting, but was represented by the party chair, Michael Arthursson.

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