An instance of this "overcautious" strategy involves underage asylum-seekers. Last October, as 9,300 unaccompanied minors claimed asylum in Sweden, numerous contracts with external partners were signed to ensure that all children would be provided for. However, the number of unaccompanied children has since dropped by a staggering 98 percent.
According to Dagens Nyheter, individual municipalities may apply to the Swedish Migration Board for their costs to be covered. The compensation rate per unused bed may up to 1,600 SEK ($187). According to Kenneth Andersson of the Swedish Migration Board, the current situation could be thought of as a waste of taxpayers' money.
"The Swedish municipalities have some fairly juicy agreements. Maybe they see no reason to cancel them, since they receive a remuneration of up to 1,600 kronor for every empty place," Andersson told Dagens Nyheter.
In 2015, 30 of Sweden's largest accommodation companies billed the Swedish government no less than 851 million SEK ($100 million), Swedish tabloid newspaper Aftonbladet reported last year.
As tax money keeps flowing straight into the pockets of private entrepreneurs, asylum revenues are used to cover other activities, including golf courses, as was the case of Jokarjo AB, Sweden's largest accommodation operator, Aftonbladet reported.
"Each misused tax krona is a theft from the Swedish people," Civilian Minister Ardalan Shekarabi of the Social Democratic Party told Aftonbladet.
Ironically, this is not the first time that Shekarabi's name has surfaced in connection with tax money. In 2005, Shekarabi was forced to quit as chairman of the Social Democratic Youth organization (SSU) after accusations of embezzlement.