Employee stabbed to death at Sweden refugee centre
Young asylum seeker arrested after fatal attack on 22-year-old woman in Molndal
A Swedish police officer outside a home for juvenile asylum seekers in Molndal in Sweden. Photograph: Adam Ihse/AFP/Getty Images
Swedish prime minister Stefan Lofven has promised more resources for police after a 22-year-old employee at a refugee centre for unaccompanied minors was stabbed to death.
The stabbing sparked concerns that authorities were being overwhelmed by the number of asylum seekers in the country.
A minor at the centre was arrested on suspicion of murder or manslaughter after the incident in Molndal in western Sweden, news agency TT reported.
Lofven’s comments came as police said more staff were needed to deal with border controls, security at asylum centres and the terror threat.
“The police authority have got . . . a heavier workload because of the refugee situation. And then you need more resources,” Swedish radio quoted Lofven as saying late on Monday.
Sweden reversed its open doors policy on immigration late last year and has introduced border controls and ID checks to stem the flow of asylum seekers into the country, which reached a record 160,000 last year.
A poll on Monday showed support for Lofven’s centre-left Social Democrats was at its lowest for nearly 50 years, in part due to a sense that the government was unable to cope with the refugee influx.
Police authorities have said up to 2,500 more officers were needed.