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Rejected asylum-seeker flight costs escalate

The Local · 31 Mar 2013, 18:12

Published: 31 Mar 2013 18:12 GMT+02:00

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According to the new figures, the number of chartered flights increased from 90 to 130 between 2011 and 2012.

Costs of the flights vary greatly, ranging from 40,000 kronor ($6,900) to 1,300,000.

The costs are set to escalate further, according to a budget proposal submitted by the the Prison and Probation Service to the government for the years 2013-2016.

Planes are chartered when the individual or individuals due for deportation are either too violent for a scheduled flight, or if there a large number heading to the same destination.

Countries such as Iraq have featured on a regular basis in recent years, with a large number of rejected asylum-seekers originating from the Middle Eastern country.

Syria has in the past year become the most common country of origin for people seeking asylum in Sweden, with an increase of some 486 percent between January-February 2012 and the corresponding period of 2013.

The number of asylum-seekers from second and third placed Somalia and Afghanistan have both declined over the period, by 20 and 25 percent respectively.

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Your comments about this article

20:06 March 31, 2013 by downtown1999
What this article fails to mention is the offsetting cost of keeping them here. I bet the ones thrown out are not the creme de la creme, and the cost of airfare pays for itself both financially and socially.
20:10 March 31, 2013 by johan rebel
You reap as you sow. Tell the world that you have the most generous asylum rules on the plantet and pay the highest benefits for simply sitting on your behind, and this is what you get. No wonder that ordinary Swedes are mad as hell.
20:53 March 31, 2013 by Migga
If you can`t get asylum in the country with the most generous rules in the world then perhaps you aren`t a real refugee. This is a cost anyone should be happy to pay.
07:38 April 1, 2013 by robban70226
what's wrong for stopping them from arriving? stop the entrance of seekers BEFORE they enter Sweden, solve the problem of sending them back at taxpayers expences
08:57 April 1, 2013 by Russ Cobleigh
what's wrong for stopping them from arriving? stop the entrance of seekers BEFORE they enter Sweden, solve the problem of sending them back at taxpayers expences ........I agree with this person. Do better checks BEFORE they come here!
11:57 April 1, 2013 by Iraniboy
I think the person authorized to pay 1 million SEK to charter a flight for an expelled refugee should be retired or expelled with employments benefit because he or she would cost more otherwise! One should have some common sense in his work! I can't believed you actually need to pay so much for such a flight! You can definitely find cheaper solutions!


Whom are talking to? This cost is not being paid by those fake refugees!

@john rebel

Ordinary Swedes are not mad as hell! I'm just saying :D Maybe you do not live in Sweden at all!
15:08 April 2, 2013 by Svensksmith
Send them home via Ryanair. That oughta teach 'em.
18:24 April 2, 2013 by Iraniboy

Well torture is not allowed during the deporting process :D
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