This week, EU heads of state and government gathered in Salzburg to discuss migration. The Swedish debate has thus been marked by different opinions about which line Sweden should take on the issue. While some want the responsibility to be shared between EU Member States, others say it is better to focus on refurbishing EU borders.
A redistribution of asylum seekers within the EU is not the way to go, says Hugo Selling, lead writer at Svenska Dagbladet, and points out that Sweden is currently alone in leading this line. Instead, he thinks it is better to follow the proposals of the other EU countries, which are about limiting migrants' opportunities to come to Europe.
Selling is supported by Kristina Winberg (SD), who does not think that the EU should be able to decide on how many migrants each member state should receive. "The basic attitude we have is that the EU should not interfere in the level of immigration that EU member states should have," she writes. Winberg also believes that Sweden should take a break from receiving refugees in order to be able to inform asylum seekers who are already waiting for a decision.
However, Winberg gets a setback from Cecilia Wikström (L) who believes that it is important for the whole EU to take responsibility, otherwise countries like Sweden will have to take a large part of the work. Wikström also criticizes Winberg for wanting to pause the migration flows. "Everyone who comes to the EU should obviously be sent elsewhere, it is unclear where. Why would these countries be interested in receiving all migrants if not even the world's richest continent wants to contribute? ”, Writes Wikström.
Dagens Nyheter's editorial board wants Europe's borders to be open. But they urge advocates of a liberal migration policy to become better at finding arguments for their cause - otherwise it will be easy for the fear of immigration in society to take over.
In the same spirit, Janerik Larsson, lead writer at Svenska Dagbladet, comments on the debate by emphasizing that it is a well-functioning, long-term cooperation between the EU and the countries around the Mediterranean that is the solution, not exclusion.
EU meeting in Salzburg
"Alone in Salzburg"
Hugo Selling, Svenska Dagbladet
"Migration policy must be detoxified"
Dagens Nyheter's editorial staff, Dagens Nyheter
"Time to implement SD's refugee policy in the EU"
Kristina Winberg, Aftonbladet
"EU can not build a wall against Africa"
Janerik Larsson, Svenska Dagbladet
Cecilia Wikström, Aftonbladet
Aid and development in Africa
"Now the numbers suggest that Africa's time is here"
Anders Bolling, Erik Esbjörnsson, Svenska Dagbladet
"Excessively positive image of Africa's situation"
Per Zachrisson, Svenska Dagbladet
UN Nuclear Weapons Convention
"No obstacles for Sweden to sign the UN Nuclear Weapons Convention"
Josefin Lind and Malin Nilsson, Dagens Nyheter