The president of the European Jewish Congress says Sweden needs to be vigilant of anti-Semitism among some refugees seeking shelter in the Nordic country.

Moshe Kantor on Tuesday said that while Muslim refugees also face bigotry and racism, "anti-Semitism remains a significant problem in Sweden" and should be prioritized.

Kantor spoke to The Associated Press after a meeting in Stockholm with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven.

Sweden has received more asylum-seekers in recent years than any other European country, except Germany. Most come from predominantly Muslim countries including Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Kantor said Europe needs to show sympathy to "those who are running away from oppression, but we cannot afford to import those conflicts and the mindset of hatred which sometimes created them onto the European continent."