Trelleborg in southern Sweden is one of several municipalities that have warned they are struggling to cope with the record-high flow of refugees to the Nordic country. The small coastal town is currently experiencing its biggest influx of refugees to date, with several thousand people turning up every week since the start of September, according to authorities.
“[It warms my heart] when I see the work being carried out. It makes me warm and proud to be prime minister in Sweden,” the Social Democrat leader, who is a vocal supporter of accepting refugees fleeing war in Africa and the Middle East, told reporters as he visited an asylum reception centre in the town on Wednesday. His comments came as Sweden’s Migration Agency (Migrationsverket) revealed that almost 99,000 people have so far launched asylum cases in 2015. And Löfven admitted that the Nordic country may no longer be able to continue its high rate of receiving refugees.
“The work being carried out is fantastic, but at the same time it expresses what we know, that we are approaching the limit of our reception capacity,” he said.
One solution would be to cut down on the number of “refugees,” but that wouldn’t be the Swedish way. The country is hell-bent on exchanging its Nordic population for an African and Middle Eastern one, and nothing short of a ballot-box revolution is going to stop it.
He did not, however, comment on rumours emerging in Sweden on Wednesday that the government and five other mainstream parties are mulling the introduction of border checks to stem the influx. Löfven’s ruling Social Democrat-Green coalition is set to meet with representatives from the Left Party, the Moderates, Liberals, Centre Party and the Christian Democrats on Thursday to continue discussion attempting to reach a cross-bloc agreement on the refugee crisis.
In the meantime, the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) said it was working to find more locations where similar camps could be set up. “The government has tasked us with, together with other authorities, look at land, project planning, and estimation of costs to see if we could put up more tents in suitable locations in Sweden. That work is currently under way,” MSB director general Helena Lindberg told the TT newswire.
We know what is happening. The question is why.