SWEDEN’S “totally unprecedented” migrant crisis has left it at breaking point, experts have warned.
Such has been the influx of refugees into the Scandinavian country that it has forced neighbouring Norway to temporarily re-introduce increased border controls.
Ever since the Second World War, Sweden has prided itself on helping migrants who crossed its borders despite some moves to the political right in recent years.
Sweden, with a population of 9.5million, annually received over 160,000 asylum applications and the country is expected to take as many as 190,000 refugees, or two per cent of the population, in 2016.
At the end of last year, Anders Danielsson, the Director-General of the Migration Agency in Sweden admitted that the country had never seen such migrant numbers.
He explained: “More people than ever are seeking asylum in Europe and in Sweden, and the situation at the moment is totally unprecedented.”
In response to the crisis, which has led to increasing lawlessness and unrest, the Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg recently introduced an extension of the country’s border controls.
She explained: “We are in a dramatic situation that nobody could imagine might happen, where the control at the boundaries is not working.
“The situation is changing the rules, not the other way around.”
Full article: Sweden at BREAKING POINT: Migrant crisis is ‘pushing the Scandinavian country to the edge’ (Express)