A Swedish official stressed her country is the only EU member that wants more migrants in Europe.
Sweden’s Minister for Migration, Helene Fritzon, felt “isolated” in her position during the Thursday meeting in Innsbruck, Austria, where 28 EU representatives gathered to close Europe’s borders.
“[Fritzon] says that you can not close the limits of asylum seekers," said a Swedish reporter covering the event.
With the exception of Sweden, the representatives were in "unison" to introduce new policies to end the flow of migrants into Europe.
"When all the ministers came here this morning, the message was in unison that the EU must now close its borders, said the Swedish reporter. “We heard Italy's Interior Ministries, who repeated that Italy will close Italian ports for European rescue vessels unless the EU acts."
“What is now being discussed is, among other things, that the migrants rescued in the Mediterranean will instead be taken to a reception center in North Africa.”
Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister, Matteo Salvini, argues NGO “rescue” boats are aiding human traffickers by bringing migrants into Europe.
Additionally, Austria's government is expected to lead the charge for a new policy designed to end further asylum requests on European soil due to a far-right coalition just recently gaining power in December.
Sweden’s current leadership’s tenure may soon expire as a competing nationalist party is favored in polls and a known right-wing leader is on record saying his country is the most disturbed in the western world.
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