Hospitality U-Turn: Sweden Offers Summer Hiatus for Asylum Seekers

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Sweden is to give asylum seekers a two week grace period to enter the country this summer. People without ID cards will be allowed in, unchecked, giving hope to thousands of refugees desperate to reach northern Europe.Following a surge the number of people seeking asylum in Sweden in 2015, the traditionally hospitable country, recently reinstated all identification checks at its railway stations, ports and country borders.Refugees sleep outside the entrance of the Swedish Migration Agency's arrival center for asylum seekers at Jagersro in Malmo, Sweden, November 20, 2015.

The number of people seeking asylum in the Scandinavian country had tripled during 2015 — with nearly 163,000 applications sought by the end of December.The Swedish government’s directive on ID checks had the desired effect and dramatically reduced the number of asylum seekers attempting to enter the country.But now the Scandinavian country appears to be reverting back to reputation for hospitality after announcing at least a two week hiatus on the country’s borders, allowing asylum seekers to go unchecked on public transport in July.

Read more at Sputnik



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