Sweden: Migration minister attacked at refugee home

Sweden’s Minister for Justice and Migration, Morgan Johansson has been attacked with a fire extinguisher after visiting a housing project for refugees in southern Sweden, but is not thought to have been injured.

Morgan Johansson was leaving the building when a man grabbed a fire extinguisher and sprayed foam over the minister, according to reports in regional newspaper Kristianstadsbladet.

According to the paper, the Social Democrat politician barely had time to react before a guard from Sweden’s Security Service (Säpo) pulled the man to the ground.

The minister had spent the day visiting various locations around Kristianstad, a city in Skåne in southern Sweden.

The refugee accommodation he was attacked at is on the former site of Broby Hospital, a healthcare centre which closed down several years ago.

Earlier on Monday the Swedish Migration Board announced it was tripling the maximum number of residents allowed at asylum centres from 200 to 650, to cope with rising demand.

Sweden became the first European country in 2013 to grant automatic residency to Syrian refugees and has since seen asylum requests rise to record levels, which are still expected to reach about 90,000 in 2015…