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The backlash against refugees in Sweden

Sweden is set to take in an estimated 190,000 asylum seekers this year, which is more than twice the number that entered the country in 2014. Sweden is known for its generous benefits for refugees but the country is beginning to feel the strain. Housing has become an issue, with many centers having reached capacity. The strain is also being felt in other ways. There’s been a string of anti-immigrant attacks, arson attacks on refugee centers and the popularity of the anti-immigrant political party the Sweden Democrats, is growing. We’ll take a look at what’s happening in Sweden with Anders Neergaard, a professor at the Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society at Linkoping University in Sweden. (Photo; Associated Press/Adam Ihse)

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