On a cold morning in late January, the news was not good.
The news was the first in a series that would soon emerge about the plight of migrants in Sweden, which had been reeling from a wave of attacks on asylum seekers and asylum seekers in recent years.
By late March, it was clear that the wave of migrant attacks on women and children in Sweden had been the most serious of the wave, with more than a dozen reported incidents in the country in a span of weeks, mostly targeting men.
The attacks began in early April, but the first ones were reported by the police in early May.
Within days, the violence was escalating and police and public safety officials warned of a potential “mass exodus” of migrants.
In the early weeks of May, as a new wave of migrants was arriving in the Swedish capital, Stockholm, police were quick to take action.
The police, fearing an escalation in attacks, ordered a halt to all non-essential travel in the city and ordered all foreigners to leave.
The Swedish government took similar steps, but it took time to work through the problems, said Svein Bogaard, a police spokesman.
In a series of press conferences and social media posts, the government emphasized the importance of keeping the country safe.
It also urged foreigners to stay at home and pay attention to their own safety, Bogaards comments to the Swedish public and the media made clear.
But the government was caught off guard.
The surge of migrants coming to Sweden in recent months has been unprecedented in the Nordic country’s history, but police and other authorities have struggled to stem the influx.
In some areas, including northern Sweden, migrants have been seen harassing women and teenagers.
The new wave in May, for instance, caused a mass exodus of women and teenage girls from the area around the main train station in Stockholm.
Many of those arriving in Sweden in May and June were fleeing gang violence in the southern city of Malmö.
Police are investigating claims that several gangs of young men had been involved in the attacks, but there have been no arrests.
In Malmow, police had already begun cracking down on the gangs, but were not aware of the scale of the problem until late May, said Mandy Sveen, a Malmø police spokeswoman.
By the end of the month, police in Malmof, the capital, were reporting that a record number of people had arrived in the central district, according to statistics provided to the media.
The number of migrants who have landed in Sweden during May was twice the number in May 2015, according a tally published by the country’s interior ministry on May 30.
But it still left Sweden with fewer than 2,000 asylum seekers as of June 10.
The statistics don’t specify how many asylum seekers had been in Sweden as of May 10, but they show that the number had jumped to more than 7,000 by mid-May.
In many ways, the crisis is unfolding in Sweden’s most populous city.
Since May, the number of asylum seekers who have arrived in Sweden has risen from just under 5,000 to nearly 20,000, according the Swedish Migration Agency.
As the crisis intensified, Sweden’s police and social services were forced to scale back, to the point that it became impossible to enforce basic laws in the areas they were policing, such as when it came to the right of people to leave their homes, according Håkan Hellström, a lawyer for the European Network for Asylum Seekers (ENAS), a Swedish NGO that monitors the situation.
Hellstro says police were forced by politicians to rely on the countrys emergency powers to do what they could.
“They are not doing what they were supposed to do,” she said.
“It is not a fair situation.”
While the government has had to scale down police presence in certain areas of Sweden, Hellstróm says there has been no change in how much it has been forced to take measures, such the mandatory evacuation of migrant families and the suspension of certain activities, such at school.
In March, the Swedish government announced that it would suspend public transport for a period of four months.
The move is intended to prevent people from leaving the country with their families, including unaccompanied minors.
But critics say it is also a way to appease the migrants and the country has been using the move to increase its asylum applications, despite the fact that there are no official numbers for how many people have arrived.
Asylum seekers have been arriving at the country from Africa and the Middle East for years, but a number of countries have been using a different method to deal with the situation, with the Swedish authorities only recently adopting the European Union’s relocation program, which requires asylum seekers to be relocated to a third country within a certain period of time.
It has become a source of friction with countries that have been less cooperative with Sweden, including