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Nuns from the Order of SS. Savior of Saint Bridget of Sweden are seen as Pope Francis arrives to leads a Holy Mass at the Swedbank Stadion in Malmo, Sweden, November 1, 2016.   REUTERS/Max Rossi

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Nuns from the Order of SS. Saviour of Saint Bridget of Sweden are seen as Pope Francis arrives to leads a Holy Mass at the Swedbank Stadion in Malmo, Sweden. Photo Max Rossi/Reuters

Journalists prepare their equipment prior to a press conference to announce the laureate of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm, Sweden, on October 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images

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Journalists prepare their equipment prior to a press conference to announce the laureate of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm, Sweden. Photo Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty 

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.

Julian Assange presser at Frontline Club...epa05144564 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange addresses a press conference at the Frontline Club via video link from the Ecuadorian embassy, Central London, Britain, 05 February 2016. A UN expert panel said Friday that Britain and Sweden are detaining WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in an unlawful manner and called on the countries to allow the whistleblower to leave his hiding place in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Assange said the UN panel's decision is 'the end of the road' for Sweden and Britain's legal arguments against him, saying the rights body had found his detention 'unlawful.' Assange fears that an extradition to Sweden could be followed by an extradition to the United States, where he faces a possible life sentence for publishing secret government documents on his WikiLeaks platform.  EPA/WILL OLIVER

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange addresses a press conference at the Frontline Club via video link from the Ecuadorian embassy, Central London

Freitag of Germany soars through the air during his training jump in the men's large hill individual ski jumping event at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun...Richard Freitag of Germany soars through the air during his training jump in the men's large hill individual ski jumping event at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun February 24, 2015.

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Richard Freitag of Germany soars through the air during his training jump in the men’s large hill individual ski jumping event at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun on Tuesday

Judges of the normal hill ski jumping competition look out of windows at the Nordic Skiing World Championships in Falun, Sweden, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. The individual competition was shifted to later in the day due to heavy winds. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

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Judges of the normal hill ski jumping competition look out of windows at the Nordic Skiing World Championships in Falun, Sweden. The individual competition postponed to later in the day due to heavy winds. 

Austria's Eva-Maria Brem during the second run of the women's World Cup giant slalom in Are, Sweden,  Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. Brem  came third

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Austria’s Eva-Maria Brem during the second run of the women’s World Cup giant slalom in Are, Sweden on Friday. Brem ended up in third place

US President Barack Obama (R) meets King...US President Barack Obama (R) meets King Carl Gustaf of Sweden during a reception at the Royal Palace in Stockholm on September 5, 2013. Obama is in Sweden for a two-day visit before heading to the G20 summit in Russia's Saint Petersburg, where he is expected to rally support for or at least acceptance of moves to punish Syria's President Bashar al-Assad for an alleged deadly gas attack on a Damascus suburb last month.      AFP PHOTO / JEWEL SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

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US President Barack Obama meets King Carl Gustaf of Sweden during a reception at the royal palace in Stockholm. Mr Obama is in Sweden for a two-day visit before heading to the G20 summit in Russia’s Saint Petersburg. 

Barack Obama,  Natalia Brzezinski, Mark Brzezinski...U.S. President Barack Obama, right, is greeted by U.S. Ambassador Mark Brzezinski, center, and his wife Natalia Brzezinski, left, upon his arrival at Stockholm-Arlanda International Airport, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, in Stockholm, Sweden. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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US President Barack Obama, right, is greeted by Mark Brzezinski, US ambassador, centre, and his wife Natalia Brzezinski, left, upon his arrival at Stockholm-Arlanda International Airport on Wednesday in Stockholm, Sweden