Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven declared the proposal during a press conference on the issue Wednesday. He claimed that country’s immigration officials are undergoing unbearable pressure attempting to deal with migrant flow.
"Sweden is not able to receive people in the way that we want to," AP cited Lofven as saying. "That is why tomorrow [Thursday] my government will decide to request the relocation of migrants from Sweden to other EU member states."
Under the joint plan adopted last summer, some 160,000 refugees from states on the EU’s borders like Italy, Greece and Hungary, which have taken the larger portions of asylum seekers, will be transferred to neighboring counties.
Donald Tusk, the president of European Council, also argued that European nations have not donated enough funds required by the program. For instance, Europeans have collected only €50 million out €500 million for aid funding to Syria.
Allowing Sweden to join the program, many high-profile EU politicians warn, would result in requests by other states – Germany in particular – to do the same.
If Stockholm achieved its goal and entered the program, Financial Time estimated, roughly 4,500 refugees will be transferred this year to other states.
But Swedish officials remained silent on the exact number of asylum seekers they’d like to relocate from the country.