The Government of Sweden has said asylum claims into the country have reduced in number by 26%, after the current administration began toughening rules on immigration, and that the number of asylum claims across the EU has risen by 30% in the same timespan.

In an op-ed penned by Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson, Sweden Democrats leader Jimmie Åkesson, Deputy Prime Minister Ebba Busch, and Minister for Employment Johan Pehrson, members of the Swedish parliament outlined their efforts to “reduce the driving forces” of those who come to the country to ‘benefit from its welfare system’, while properly integrating those already there.

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