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Sweden will deport about 80,000 asylum seekers

  • Author:Hopely Li
  • Release on:2016-01-30

Sweden says it preparing to deport about 80,000 asylum seekers who entered the country in record waves last year.The numbers represent half of the 163,000 people who crossed into Sweden escaping wars in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Interior Minister Anders Ygeman told a Swedish newspaper Thursday the refugees will be expelled because the applications for asylum were being rejected.  The rejected applicants will be able to leave voluntarily, or forcibly sent back home.

Sweden was a top destination for refugees because of its long-standing open borders policy.  But the sheer numbers of refugees have forced Stockholm to impose border controls and identification checks on new arrivals.

Meanwhile, the bodies of at least 18 migrants who drowned when their boat capsized were recovered Thursday off the coast of the Greek island of Samos. Authorities say 10 people were rescued. Most of the fatalities were children.

The bodies of seven migrants -- two of them children --  were recovered Wednesday after their boat capsized off the island of Kos.

More than one million people from war-torn nations flooded into Europe last year, making it the continent's worst migration crisis since World War II.  Many of those arrived in Greece after making a dangerous voyage from Turkey across the Aegean Sea.