A major displacement crisis started in Europe in 2015, when over 1 million people made their way to European states in an effort to escape violence in their home countries. Most of the refugees come from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
The crisis has put a strain on European economies, raised security issues within the EU as well as caused an upsurge in social tensions.
Norway admits to have "tested" Russia at the height of the asylum crisis in 2015 by sending incoming refugees back and forth across the Norwegian-Russian border. This decision by the Norwegian government exacerbated the already dramatic situation in the far northern border region.
Of late, Denmark, which has seen a dramatic toughening of its immigration laws, has been faced with another migration-related problem. The Danish authorities fear thousands of illegal immigrants will acquire asylum seeker's IDs amid deficient control and the lack of statistics.
Of all the Schengen states that were allowed to carry out internal border controls amid the raging migrant crisis, Sweden proved to make the most of the permission and performed the most checks. Incidentally, Sweden happens to lead the anti-statistics with the fewest illegal migrants captured.
In the aftermath of the recent years' migrant crisis, a growing number of Swedish industries see a need for Arabic dictionaries and phrasebooks in order to facilitate newcomers' professional career. Recently, a construction glossary has been developed by the building group Skanska.
While much praised for its humanitarian efforts during the past years' migrant crisis, Sweden is still struggling to provide newcomers with ample jobs. Worried about the skyrocketing unemployment among "new Swedes," the Swedish government is trying unorthodox methods of solving the problem.
The Danish government has come under fire for diverting 400 DKK ($58mln), previously earmarked for refugee accommodation, back to state coffers, instead of being used for relief aid to developing countries. Fewer refugees meant a substantial gain for the Danish state coffers, yet an equally substantial loss for the world's poor.
Danish Integration Minister Inger Støjberg, who is renowned for her hard stance on migration, has triggered a media storm on Facebook: to celebrate her 50th consecutive immigration restriction, Støjberg posed for a self-portrait with a birthday cake she'd had made to commemorate the occasion.
A 19-year-old asylum seeker from Afghanistan who is currently the main suspect in the high-profile Arboga murder that stunned Sweden last year was allegedly promised a marriage that would increase his chances of staying in the country in exchange for killing the victim. Previously, the suspect admitted to actually executing the murder.
The current policies make seeking international protection in Europe a “mission impossible,” according to a joint report by three NGOs.
Bulgaria has a plan regarding what measures to take if Turkey makes a decision to withdraw from a refugee agreement with the European Union, Bulgarian Defense Minister Stefan Yanev said Thursday.
Rinkeby, perhaps Sweden's best-known ghetto, which repeatedly made international headlines for assault against journalists and riots, seems to be doomed to lawlessness. The reason? No construction company dares to take risks in the troubled immigrant-heavy and violence-prone district of Stockholm to build a new police station.
Swedish Justice and Migration Minister Morgan Johansson has landed in hot water after posting an unflattering picture of himself surrounded by grown-ups he claimed to be "unaccompanied refugee children," all of whom appeared to be taller than the minister. Ironically, Johansson's boss Stefan Löfven has already treaded these hot waters before.
Sweden's Trade Union Confederation, which represents over 1.5 million people working in the Nordic country of 10 million people, has proposed an apprenticeship program where unqualified immigrant workers would be paid low "wage dumping" salaries while gaining the requisite qualifications.
In 2015, when the migrant crisis was at its peak, Sweden saw hundreds of asylum seekers streaming over its border with Finland on a daily basis. Today, a reverse trend has manifested itself, as refused asylum seekers are returning to Sweden to try their luck elsewhere in Northern Europe.
The EU commissioner for migration lauded the EU-Turkey refugee deal and called for accelerating relocation process to reduce pressure on Europe.
Sweden, which has been struggling to accommodate newcomers ever since the onslaught of the migrant crisis, was recently perplexed by another closely-related problem. Concerns have been raised that refugee children are using online forums to plan mass suicides for fear of being deported.
Earlier this week, a man was detained for spying on refugees from Tibet in Sweden. The arrest triggered an outcry among Swedish Tibetans, but also shed light on the problem of refugee-related espionage.
Recently, critical deficiencies have been revealed in the proceedings of Sweden's immigration authorities, which are still swamped by asylum applications in the aftermath of the migrant crisis. Time pressure and a lack of personnel have reportedly led to war criminals and terrorists "slipping through."
Germany's far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party condemns attacks against migrants in the country, yet believes that the preliminary German government data showing the attacks against migrants reached the level of almost 10 a day in 2016 is overstated, spokesman for the AfD’s Berlin branch Ronald Glaser told Sputnik.
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