Swedish Interior Minister Anders Ygeman says that the country could deport 60,000 to 80,000 asylum-seekers in the coming years.
Ygeman told newspaper Dagens Industri that since about 45 percent of asylum applications are currently rejected, the country must get ready to send back tens of thousands of the 163,000 who sought shelter in Sweden last year.
The number of asylum seekers has declined this year, as Sweden has instituted tighter border controls.
BBC is reporting that "Of the approximately 58,800 asylum cases processed in Sweden last year, 55% were accepted."
Ygeman told the Swedish media: "We are talking about [deporting] 60,000 people but the number could climb to 80,000."
Sweden earlier this week became the latest of a number of European nations to see tensions over migrants heightened by violence. A 15-year-old asylum seeker was arrested in Molndal, near Gothenburg, after a 22-year-old asylum centre employee was stabbed to death.
Mikael Ribbenvik, head of operations at the Swedish Migration Agency, told the BBC that assessing all the asylum applications would be "an enormous feat to accomplish" and would require more resources from the government.
"A lot of people leave voluntarily and a lot of people abscond. And then we have a few people that are staying on that are impossible to remove because of identification purposes," he said.
Maybe it would have been better not to let them in en masse in the first place. Just a suggestion.