In order to do this, Sweden has amended its Aliens Act to only offer the number of temporary residence permits to asylum seekers that it is obliged to for the next three years, according to EU rules and United Nations conventions.
ID checks will be implemented on all of Sweden's public transport systems, including ferries; the right to reunite with family members will be subject to a strict time limit and ages of unaccompanied children will have to be verified by medics.
The toughened stance on asylum seekers announced by Sweden could see people turned away at its borders.
Denmark has refused to voluntarily rehouse 1,000 refugees, citing a failure to implement proper systems in Greece and Italy as a reason for backtracking on its promise.
Following Sweden's stricter rules, Norway is set to increase border controls and checks on ferry arrivals from Sweden, Denmark and Germany.
The country's Prime Minister Erna Solberg told broadcaster NRK:
"We are implementing border controls at all ferry points. That means that people will have to document who they are when they come.
"What Sweden is now threatening will quickly have repercussions for Norway and therefore, I have asked the justice minister to begin initiatives", Solberg said, who suggested stricter border check in Sweden could lead to a new influx point with more people coming to Norway on boats from Germany and Denmark.
The EU has still failed to agree and implement an agreement on how to resettle the numbers of people entering Europe, while thousands continue to arrive every day. Eastern European countries have taken matters into their own hands by building unofficial metal fences on their borders, stopping refugees in their tracks and leaving them stranded in no-man's land.
Northern European countries condemned the decision by Hungary to build a razor wire fence which prompted Croatia and Serbia to follow suit. But the anti-refugee sentiment, whether driven by fear or intolerance appears to be trickling through the rest of Europe and into Nordic countries.