Turkish authorities have been positioning refugees and migrants on the European border in the last several weeks as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he's ready to 'open the gates' amid the crisis unfolding in Idlib, Syria.
We noted last week that upwards of 30,000 refugees stood ready near the Turkish border, ready to flood Europe. This prompted anti-immigration Swedish Democrats to travel to the Turkey-Europe border, to discourage migrants from traveling to Sweden, explaining that the Nordic country is "full."
Swedish Democrat Jimmie Akesson arrived in the border region of Edirne, Turkey, on Tuesday to tell migrants and local police that "Sweden is full."
"So if you want to go to Sweden, it's a bad idea. We do not have the capacity to help more people," Akesson said.
"Everyone wants to go to Europe, primarily in northern Europe. They [migrants] mention Germany and Sweden. I met someone who wants to go to the Netherlands. It's our part of Europe they want," Akesson said.
The Swedish Democrat's Facebook channel said Erdogan "is now flooding Greece and Bulgaria with migrants."
On Wednesday, Akesson said, "I think it's important to get your own picture of what it looks like. We have walked around here talking to many people asking where they are going. There are a lot of people who want to go to northern Europe and they mention Sweden and Germany primarily."
The Swedish Democrat's Facebook posted Thursday, "In a big interview with Expressen, Migration Minister Morgan Johansson (S) says that Sweden has "one of the tightest refugee legislation in the EU" and "no longer serves as a magnet for refugees "."
Here's a video of Akesson on the Turkish-Europe border:
"We need to provide support to Greece to secure the EU's external border, but also to maintain our own border in Sweden," he told Swedish Public Broadcaster SVT1, adding that EU border was tested and collapsed back in 2015.
Meanwhile, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu announced Thursday the deployment of 1,000 special operations police officers to ensure migrants stay in Europe.