Photo: Jessica Gow / TT
Home Affairs Minister Anders Ygeman and Minister for Justice and Migration Morgan Johansson. Photo: Jessica Gow / TT

Sweden pledges to lock up more failed asylum seekers

The government will provide more spots in holding centers for migrants who have had their asylum applications rejected and who need to leave the country.

The government wants to increase the number of places in custody centers by 40 percent, from 250 to 350 before the autumn.

"More are going to be locked up," said Minister for Home Affairs Anders Ygeman (Social Democrats) at a press conference Monday held with the Migration Minister Morgan Johansson (Social Democrats).

After the record influx of asylum seekers, in a wave that began last fall, the government estimates the number of asylum decisions from the Migration Agency will increase from 60,000 last year to 120,000 this year. The government had set aside an extra SEK 90 million in their recent spring budget for removing people who have had asylum refused.

"At a basic level in asylum policy there has to be orderliness. Those who haven't been approved, who've been refused, need to travel home again," said Minister Johansson at the press conference.

The Migration Agency estimated that this year 13,700 people who have had their asylum refused will leave of their own accord. The agency estimates 3,450 will be forcibly deported. The Swedish Border Police, who perform deportations on request from the Migration Agency, have said they don't have enough personnel to keep pace with an uptick in deportation orders.

Police in the north would be especially affected. The northernmost detention center is Gävle, only about half-way up Sweden's landmass, which means the transportation of refugees from northern cities takes a lot of time and money.


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