Many Afghan asylum-seeking minors come to Sweden
Last year, 5,655 Afghan minors sought asylum in the EU. Out of these, 1,693 applied for asylum in Sweden. Some of them are later returned to their first EU country of arrival, in accordance with the Dublin II Regulation, a practice that has been criticised since many of the minors have experienced difficult circumstances in Italy or Greece. Tobias Billström, Swedish Minister for Migration and Asylum Policy, defends the returns by saying that if everyone would be allowed to stay in Sweden, other countries could continue their insufficient reception practices, and thereby mismanage the EU’s joint asylum policy.
Dagens Nyheter 12 November 2012 (in Swedish)