Sweden says ‘no’ to EU asylum relocation pledges


Sweden will not make any pledges to relocate asylum seekers underneath a French-inspired EU settlement as a result of it says there isn’t a authorized foundation for it.

“It isn’t doable for our authorities to commit itself to one thing which doesn’t have a transparent authorized base,” stated Lars Danielsson, Sweden’s ambassador to the EU.

“So it is extra of a technical purpose why now we have not been in a position to this point,” he stated. However he additionally famous migration is a matter “the place you possibly can lose or win elections.”

Requested if the Swedish EU presidency intends to advocate for extra relocations underneath the so-called EU solidarity mechanism, he didn’t reply.

The mechanism, launched over the summer time, managed some 8,000 relocation pledges throughout 11 EU states plus Norway and Liechtenstein.

Solely round 117 individuals have been relocated underneath the scheme. Greece made a latest attraction to have one other 400 relocated, following a rescue south of Crete.

“It is clear we have to step up on implementation,” stated Ylva Johannson, the EU house affairs commissioner, earlier this week. The fee says it’s working with member states to make sure that the pledges are delivered.

“We’ll revise customary working procedures to hurry up relocations and we’ll have a look at monetary contributions being successfully matched,” she stated.

However Sweden’s technical and authorized worries over the scheme to divide out arriving asylum seekers on European shores can be probably mired in its home politics.

Its new authorities is a coalition of mainstream events plus the Sweden Democrats, a nationalist get together rooted within the Swedish neo-Nazi motion. Though the Sweden Democrats haven’t any ministers, they managed to get an higher hand on coverage focus and course.

In October, the federal government unveiled a 63-page platform settlement, which devotes one-third to immigration and integration.

The proposals contains decreasing the rights of asylum of seekers so far as legally doable, whereas ramping up police “cease and frisk” physique searches.

It has additionally launched another novelties, together with the likelihood to revoke residence permits based mostly on non-criminal social “misconduct”.

In October, Lisa Pelling, a Swedish political scientist, described these novelties as tantamount to the creation of “a morality police”.

Share post:


More like this