Sweden’s anti-immigration Sweden Democrats has announced plans
to place advertisements in foreign newspapers encouraging refugees to stay away.
"We want, through advertisements in foreign newspapers, to describe that the utopia they want to come to in Sweden no longer exists. Here, it's tent camps, winter and cold," party leader Jimmie Åkesson said at a press conference.
Åkesson added that the party was inspired by Denmark’s recent campaign
, which saw notices placed in four Lebanese newspapers. That campaign led to extensive international press coverage and prompted two separate counter messages from Danish groups.
The Sweden Democrats said its campaign would be wider-reaching than the Danish government's and would even include advertisements in the Danish media.
"We're going to advertise in Turkey, Jordan, but also Denmark and Germany," Paula Bieler, Sweden Democrat spokesperson on integration, told the press conference on Thursday.
Åkesson said that his party is taking action since the government won’t do anything to deter refugees.
"We're going to work outside parliament with massive campaigning and political signalling that the Swedish government does not want to do, but more like, for example, what Denmark has done," he said.
The Swedish immigration service Migrationsverket said this week that 86,223 people have filed asylum applications so far this year. By comparison, the Danish Immigration Service (Udlændingestyrelsen) reports that 6,984 people have sought asylum in Denmark through August 31st and the Danish National Police (Rigspolitiet) estimates that an additional 3,500 have sought asylum since the start of September.