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    Press secretary to Sweden’s Minister for Home affairs Anders Ygeman said that since Sweden received more than 163,000 migrants over the past year, Sweden had extended the existing facilities and changed the whole system so that now all local authorities have to take their own responsibility for housing migrants.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik), Anastasia Levchenko — Failed asylum seekers facing deportation from Sweden will stay in special facilities and receive financial aid for several years before being expelled to the countries of origin, press secretary to Sweden’s Minister for Home affairs Anders Ygeman told Sputnik Thursday.

    On Wednesday, Anders Ygeman revealed Sweden's plans to expel up to 80,000 failed asylum seekers. He mentioned that deporting migrants would take several years, and charter aircrafts would be used for these purposes.

    "We have this system where we have facilities for people who seek asylum to stay until they have got an approval or disapproval of their application. There are several facilities," the spokesperson said, asked whether migrants will be provided with housing while they are waiting for deportation.

    He explained that since Sweden received more than 163,000 migrants over the past year, Sweden had extended the existing facilities and changed the whole system so that now all local authorities have to take their own responsibility for housing migrants.

    "There is some financial aid that they will receive, yes," the spokesperson said, asked whether people facing deportation will get any money.

    "They will be directly sent to their countries of origin. Syria, Afghanistan are the main countries. But each case will be reviewed individually," he added.

    The amount of asylum applications that Sweden saw in 2015 was the highest per capita index in Europe, according to the Swedish Migration Agency.

    Europe is toughening immigration rules due to an unprecedented influx of refugees fleeing conflict-torn countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

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