Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said in an interview with the Dagens Nyheter newspaper that without EU support, Sweden faces a crisis of unheralded proportions as migrants head through continental Europe to the Scandinavian nation. She told the newspaper, “I think most people feel that we cannot maintain a system where perhaps 190,000 people will arrive every year. In the long run, our system will collapse. And that welcome is not going to receive popular support. I have to admit that there have been moments recently of very great disappointment. I have heard statements from [EU] member states that have been completely astonishing and very discouraging.”
She predicted that Sweden will pressure EU partners to share a greater part of the burden imposed by the influx of African, Asian, and Middle Eastern migrants flooding Western Europe. Sweden and Germany have both been on the bucket list for migrants seeking asylum from war in the Middle East (especially Syria), but also for others who are seeking a better life in Europe. By some estimates, some 70 percent of the migrants crossing into Europe do not originate in the conflictive area comprised by Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria. The social welfare schemes of Germany, Scandinavia, and the United Kingdom are enticements for migrants from non-European countries.
Recently, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said his country is “approaching the limit” of its capacity for taking in immigrants. He is to meet with Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom next week, possibly to discuss a joint strategy to address the crisis.
EU and US officials are increasingly alarmed about the possibility of the entry of Muslim terrorists among others entering Europe.