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Fire hits Swedish center for migrants

WASHINGTON — A fire at a center for asylum-seekers in Sweden forced at least 14 people to flee for safety Tuesday in the latest suspicious blaze targeting migrant sites in a country struggling with a crush of immigrants.

The incident near Munkedal, about 200 miles southwest of Stockholm, was under investigation as possible arson, but no determination on the cause was immediately made, said a police spokesman.

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The reaction from officials was swift, however, as Sweden’s tradition of accommodating asylum-seekers and others comes under pressure from anti-immigrant groups claiming the country can no longer sustain its welcoming policies.

As many as 10,000 asylum- seekers a week — many from war-scarred Syria and Iraq — have arrived in Sweden at the end of the migrant trail through Europe, which is coping with the largest mass movement of people since World War II.

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‘‘A civilized and humane country like Sweden cannot accept that accommodation for asylum-seekers is set on fire,’’ wrote Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom in a Twitter post.

On Saturday, a fire destroyed a site set to hold 80 refugees in southern Sweden.

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