Overwhelmed by a stream of migrants, Sweden will soon benefit from a “relocation” programme for some of its asylum seekers, the European Commissioner of Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos said Monday.

“Sweden is among the group of member states that has welcome the highest number of refugees this year,” Avramopoulos said at a press conference in Stockholm, adding that Sweden had made “tremendous efforts”.

In September, the EU unveiled a plan for redistributing nearly 160,000 migrants and refugees from frontline states Italy and Greece although so far only a small number have been relocated.

Earlier this month Sweden asked Brussels to relocate to other EU countries some of the asylum seekers arriving by the thousands in the Scandinavian country.

“Sweden has asked to become beneficiary of the relocation mechanism,” Avramopoulos said. “We completely understand this.”

The Commissioner added that in the future Sweden would be exempt from taking in migrants under the relocation programme.

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