Sweden intends to expel as many as 80,000 refugees and migrants who arrived in 2015 and whose applications for asylum have been rejected.
"We are talking about 60,000 people, but the number could climb to 80,000," Interior Minister Anders Ygeman was quoted as saying by Swedish media.
He added on Wednesday the government has asked police and authorities in charge of refugees to organize their expulsion.
The mass expulsion was announced as Europe struggles to deal with a crisis that has seen tens-of-thousands of refugees arrive on Greek beaches - mostly fleeing conflict in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan - undeterred by cold, wintry conditions and deadly seas.
In neighboring Denmark, meanwhile, the government this week approved legislation to seize the valuables of refugees to help pay for resettlement costs.
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I love the part about how they're going to steal the meager belongings of desperate refugees to pay for their stay. Classic corporate thinking.
This is the largest movement of Stateless peoples since the end of WW2, and they're getting the same treatment.
The U.S. won't take any, and the rich European nations don't want them either. Very like what happened to the Jews before the War, and everybody else after it.
Humanity is nothing if not consistent.