A total of 21,748 people are waiting to be sent home from the Scandinavian country after having their asylum applications turned down.
But out of that figure, a whopping 14,140 are said to have slipped through the net, with Swedish police admitting they have no clue where they are.
|Muslims showing their appreciation of the Swedish flag|
Registered as either "departed" or "wanted", some are believed to have left the country while a large number are thought to still be hiding out in Sweden.
Patrik Engstrom, head of the national border police, told The Local: “We simply don’t know where they are.
"It is a huge task and it is completely dependent on the police being allocated resources.”
|Migrants arriving in the capital Stockholm|
Many of the illegal migrants are understood to come from war-torn and African countries including Afghanistan, Iran, Somalia, Eritrea, Lebanon, Morocco and Libya.
But while their whereabouts has sparked mystery for immigration chiefs, it has also led to a number of employers taking advantage by exploiting them as cheap labour with no minimum wage.
The figures came from the National Border Police Section in the National Operations Division.Read the rest of the story HERE.
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