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Significant increase in the number of asylum seekers in Sweden

Wednesday, 23 October 2013
After Sweden granted permanent residency to some Syrians recently, the country has become a magnet for refugee. The mount of asylum seekers flocking here has been described as the highest number ever seen since the Balkan war.

For more than 20 years Sweden has not seen this amount of people seeking shelter as refugees,  the Swedish Migration Board said in a forecast of people expected to come into the country this year.

According to Swedish television which has been broadcasting news reports about the issue and chatting with immigration officials, there will be more asylum seekers coming to Sweden this year compared to the past 20 years. Therefore the Swedish Migration Board is significantly writing up its forecast for this year.Syrian asylum seekers

Since the situation is Syria is still untenable that would means  more asylum seekers coming to Sweden as Sweden has also shown that it is able to extend  a caring  hand of good faith to them. Between 1,500 and 2,000 people are said to apply for asylum here each week.

This means that the Swedish Migration Board, according to Swedish television expects that many more refugees will come to Sweden this year than previously thought. Around 55,000 people is the number being placed on that - the highest number since the Balkan war in the early 1990s.
Already, the Swedish Migration Board says it is having it hard to arrange good housing for newly arrived refugees and the problem looks to continue.
Today, the agency has 25,000 places for asylum seekers. But 8,000 of the places are used by people who have already obtained a residence permit in Sweden.
The situation will become serious and even get worse as the Migration Board has mentioned, because 60 percent of the asylum seekers today are granted a residence permit in Sweden. That is a jump from over 30 percent who got to stay here before.
Next year, according to the Migration Board's assessment more asylum seekers will come to Sweden as before. The Swedish Migration Board will therefore require more money from the government to be able to acquire more accommodations for persons seeking asylum.
But the budget proposal submitted by the government for next year looks the opposite way. It shows instead a cut from the expected allocations.
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