Sweden accuses Europe of not doing enough for refugees

Sweden criticises European countries over not putting in their best efforts for Syrian refugees who had to flee their homes due to war

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Sweden Migration Minister Morgan Johansson is speaking to TRT World over refugee crisis in Europe.

Sweden Migration Minister Morgan Johansson accused European countries for not putting enough effort to help for Syrian refugees.

Speaking to TRT World, he said that since the was in  Syria broke out in 2011, Sweden has provided shelter and protection to 100,000 Syrian refugees.

He underlined that the European Union has 500 million people. They would not get giving shelter to 5 million Syrian refugees.

“We must say that we want to do much but we can't do everything.”

He also stated that as a result of the uncontrolled movement of refugees into Europe, Sweden decided to reinstate its border control.

Sweden is one of the most popular destinations for asylum seekers travelling through Europe and 80 thousand of them have arrived there since September.

He said his government is worried about the uncontrolled movement of refugees and it could disrupt public order.

“There are so many people coming to the borders of Sweden and we haven't been able so far to ask for the proper documentation to know who actually cross our borders and that is not us that's not sustainable.”

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven also released a written statement in the beginning of November asking for the European Commission to distribute refugees to other European Union (EU) countries from Nordic countries in terms of doing more to help handle the refugee crisis.

"Sweden has taken a disproportionately large responsibility in comparison with other countries in the EU, and now we are extremely strained."

"It is time that other countries take responsibility and that is why the government requires redistribution of refugees from Sweden," he added.

According to the figures given by UN for 2015, nearly 800,000 people in total were able to cross the Mediterranean and reach European countries of which 20 percent were children.

Six percent of arrivals were from Iraq, 18 percent were from Afghanistan and more than half of arrivals were from Syria - where a civil war has killed more than 300,000 and forced 10.6 million people to flee the country since 2011.

At least 3,400 refugees have drowned while attempting to cross into Europe this year.

TRTWorld and agencies