Europe can only solve the refugee and migrant crisis with help from Turkey, Sweden’s interior minister has said.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency on Friday, Anders e said both Sweden and other European countries have been unsuccessful in solving the worst migrant crisis facing the 28-nation bloc since World War II.
''Entire Europe has been unsuccessful in solving the refugee crisis, it couldn’t find a common solution,'' Ygeman said, adding that other EU member states didn’t share the burden with Sweden, which has taken in the most refugees per capita in Europe.
Hosting more than 2 million refugees, ''Turkey is the only country that can help Europe solve the refugee crisis,'' Ygeman said.
He said the EU must stick to the promises it made in a refugee action plan, under which the bloc will give Turkey 3 billion euros to meet the needs of refugees in the country.
''The economic promises made to Turkey must be kept; no one has the luxury to stand outside the deal,'' Ygeman said. ''[Crisis] can only be solved with a sincere support for Turkey.''
Sweden, which received 163,000 asylum applications last year, has announced deporting up to 80,000 people whose asylum applications have been rejected.
Earlier this month, Sweden introduced systematic photographic ID checks while in Denmark the government has approved a law to allow authorities to confiscate refugees’ valuables to cover the cost of food and accommodation during the asylum application process.