15K Muslim refugees ‘missing’ from Sweden, Germany as deportation of criminals begins
Just over half of all the illegal migrants slated for deportation in Sweden have vanished from the watchful eye of the Swedish police, weeks after Germany reported “losing” 700 of their 4,000 Syrian refugees.
Sweden’s National Border Police Section in the National Operations Division indicated that of 22,000 individuals due to be sent home after having their asylum applications turned down, some 14,000 have vanished off the police radar, reports Afton Bladet.
Some are expected to have left the country secretly, but the majority are thought to still be in Sweden, having fallen through the cracks of the comprehensive welfare state.
“We simply do not know where they are”, said a police spokesman.
Even in cases where the police manage to find illegals and send them home, nations such as Afghanistan, Iran, Somalia, Eritrea, Lebanon, Morocco and Libya won’t accept their own people back in many cases.
In Germany dw.com reported that “About 700 of roughly 4,000 asylum seekers put up by the northern state disappeared last month, according to a state-wide survey by the ‘Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung’ newspaper. Many hadn’t even been registered yet – the first step in asylum proceedings. The authorities don’t know who they are or where they might have gone.”
Some blame unscrupulous employers in the country who may have taken advantage of the migrants, using them as cheap labor off the books, with no wages tax to pay or minimum wage to heed.
Others fear a repeat of Paris with able men seeking to partner with Islamic State to bring the Caliphate to Europe.
Sweden noted a “a severe lack of manpower, resources” which led to the gap in deportation processes, checking and validating individuals.
The United Nations (UN) High Commission for Refugees said that migrants were likely to continue to arrive in Europe at a rate of up to 5,000 per day via Turkey this winter.
Migration officials expect the country to take in at least 170,000 asylum seekers by the end of the year.
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