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Security guards hold a protester as they remove a group from the House of Representatives after they began chanting slogans regarding the offshore detention of asylum seekers during Question Time in Parliament House, Canberra, Australia

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Security guards hold a protester as they remove a group from the House of Representatives after they began chanting slogans regarding the offshore detention of asylum seekers during Question Time in Parliament House, Canberra, Australia.
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Utopia Challenged - Sweden's Relationship With Refugees

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Muhammed (L), 13, of Syria and Mahdi Ghafour, 6, of Afghanistan plays on a pier on in Kladesholmen, Sweden. Last year Sweden received 162,877 asylum applications, more than any European country proportionate to its population. According to the Swedish Migration Agency, Sweden housed more than 180,000 people in 2015, more than double the total in 2014. The country is struggling to house refugees in proper conditions during the harsh winter; summer holiday resorts, old schools and private buildings are being turned into temporary shelters for asylum seekers as they wait for a decision on their asylum application. Sweden is facing new challenges on its migration policy after the massive arrival of refugees last year, forcing the country to drastically reduce the number of refugees passing through its borders. Stricter controls have had a significant effect on the number of arrivals, reducing weekly numbers from 10,000 to 800. The Swedish migration minister announced in January that the government will reject up to 80,000 refugees who applied for asylum last year, proposing strict new residency rules.

Migrants and asylum seekers board a train  near the registration camp after crossing the Macedonian-Greek border near Gevgelija on Thursday. Macedonia is a key transit country in the Balkans migration route into the EU, with thousands of asylum seekers and migrants -- many of them from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia -- entering the country every day.

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Migrants and asylum seekers board a train near the registration camp after crossing the Macedonian-Greek border near Gevgelija on Thursday. Macedonia is a key transit country in the Balkans migration route into the EU

Soudanese migrant Adam, 26 years old wai...Soudanese migrant Adam, 26 years old waits in the migrant camp called "New Jungle" next to the fence of the ferry port in Calais, northern France, on August 14, 2015, after applying for asylum in France. Some 3,000 migrants and refugees, including many fleeing war and persecution in countries like Syria, Libya and Eritrea, are camped out in a makeshift tent village in Calais waiting for a chance to cross to Britain.  AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images

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Sudanese migrant Adam, 26 years old waits in the migrant camp called “New Jungle” next to the fence of the ferry port in Calais, northern France, on Friday, after applying for asylum in France 

 Immigrants wait to apply for political asylum at the asylum service office in Athens, Greece, 16 April 2015. According to the Greek coast guard, the number of undocumented migrants entering Greece by sea reached 10,445 people in the first quarter of 2015, compared to 2,863 people for the same period last year. In March, 6,498 migrants managed to reach the shores of Greece's eastern Aegean islands alone, with Lesvos, Chios, Leros and Samos being their main destinations.

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Immigrants wait to apply for political asylum at the asylum service office in Athens, Greece

Immigrants who arrived on a cargo ship from Turkey queue for meals in a basketball arena where they have been given temporary shelter in the town of Ierapetra, on the southern Greek island of Crete on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. Nearly 600 men, women and children, mostly refugees from Syria, have been temporarily put up in the southern Cretan town of Ierapetra, where they arrived in a crippled smuggling ship after more than a week at sea.

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Immigrants who arrived on a cargo ship from Turkey queue for meals in a basketball arena where they have been given temporary shelter in the town of Ierapetra, on the southern Greek island of Crete on Friday. Nearly 600 men, women and children, mostly refugees from Syria, have been temporarily put up in the southern Cretan town of Ierapetra, where they arrived in a crippled smuggling ship after more than a week at sea

Sub-Saharan migrants drink water as they sit on Spanish soil after jumping a metallic fence that divides Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla, Thursday, May 1, 2014. Spain says around 700 African migrants have rushed its barbed wire border fences in the North African enclave of Melilla, and although police repelled most, 140 managed to enter Spanish territory. The migrants charged the fences in two waves, with 500 arriving in the early hours and another 200 later Thursday morning. Spain and Morocco stepped up border vigilance in Feb. when 15 migrants drowned trying to enter Spain's other north African coastal enclave, Ceuta.

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Migrants drink water as they sit on Spanish soil after jumping a metallic fence that divides Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla. Spain says around 700 African migrants have rushed the barbed wire border fences and although police repelled most, 140 managed to enter Spanish territory.

Holot detention center for African asylum seekers...epa04083553 African asylum seekers and inmates of the Holot Detention centre stand at the fence of the facility during a protest in Holot, Israel, 17 February 2014. Several Asylum seekers came from Tel Aviv to protest outside the prison against Israel's refusal to grant them refugee status and the opening of Holot.  EPA/OLIVER WEIKEN

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Inmates of the Holot detention centre stand at the fence of the facility during a protest on the outside. Several asylum seekers came from Tel Aviv to demonstrate against the opening of Holot and Israel‘s refusal to grant them refugee status. 

African asylum seekers gesture during a protest outside the Ministry of Interior in Tel Aviv, Israel, 11 February 2014. Over 1,000 African migrants, which mostly arrive from Eritrea and Sudan, marched from southern Tel Aviv's Levinski Park to the Ministry of Interior. The asylum seekers are protesting since weeks  against Israel's refusal to grant them refugee status and the opening of 'Holot', the new detention facility in the country's south.

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African asylum seekers gesture during a protest outside the Ministry of Interior in Tel Aviv, Israel. Over 1,000 African migrants, which mostly arrive from Eritrea and Sudan, marched from southern Tel Aviv’s Levinski Park to the Ministry of Interior.