Sweden intends to fly 80,000 immigrants out of the country on chartered jets after they arrived in the country last year but had their asylum applications rejected. Interior Minister Anders Ygeman said the Swedish government had asked the police and authorities in charge of migrants to organise their removal. The proposed measure was revealed as Europe struggles to deal with a crisis that has seen tens of thousands of migrants arrive on Greek beaches, mostly fleeing war in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

About 55 per cent of asylum seekers in Sweden are seeing their application approved, while 45 per cent are being rejected at the moment, according to the Swedish newspaper Dagens Industri. The United Nations says more than 46,000 people have arrived in Greece so far this year, with more than 170 people killed making the dangerous crossing. FULL REPORT