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Sweden Immigration Detention

For many years, Sweden was lauded for its comparatively humane treatment of undocumented migrants and asylum seekers. However, reflecting a wave of get-tough policies announced by other European countries in the wake of the Syrian refugee crisis, in early 2016 Sweden announced that it was introducing new border controls and planning to deport an estimated 80,000 non-citizens who fail to qualify for refugee status.

Sweden Quick Facts

  • Immigration detainees:
    3,015
    Detained asylum seekers :
    2,409
    Detained minors:
    41
    Persons expelled :
    16,140
    International migrants:
    1,519,500
    New asylum applications :
    75,096