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Åkesson: ‘Stay away, refugees, Sweden is full’
Published: 17 Oct 2015 11:12 GMT+02:00
Sweden Democrat leader, Jimmie Åkesson, told Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter on Saturday that he wants a total ban on asylum immigration to Sweden. He also said that he wants Sweden to leave the European Union.
The far-right nationalist leader was speaking in an interview with the newspaper that also touched upon his long sick-leave absence from politics.
Åkesson returned to the fray from his extended sick leave in April, just before the catastrophic extent of the refugee crisis, the worst since World War II, became fully evident.
“My message to these people is that Sweden can not take you. The absolute majority, if not all, of those seeking asylum in Sweden don’t have Sweden as their first safe country. They come from Germany and they come from Denmark. And they came to those countries from other countries.”
“At some time you have to cherish the principle of first asylum,” Åkesson continued.
“What we will do is to enable people to remain in the immediate area so that they can get their basic needs met there. It should not be particularly difficult to tell people that, unfortunately, you will not enter our country because it is full.”
Åkesson told Dagens Nyheter that he also wants Sweden to leave the EU.
“We want permanent border controls and we’re opposed to free movement within the EU. Sweden must be a sovereign state. It is clear that we must have a trade cooperation with other countries in our region, but, no, I don’t want Sweden to be a full member of the EU.”
According to Åkesson, it was a combination of external and internal pressures that led to his long period of sick leave after the 2014 election.