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MIGRATION

Afghans now largest asylum seeking group

Published måndag 14 november 2011 kl 09.34
The Swedish Migration Authority believes the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan explains the increase in Afghan children arriving to seek asylum. Photo: Dusan Vranic/Scanpix

Afghans are now Sweden's largest asylum seeking group, having surpassed Somalis. And most are children sent here by themselves. Between January and October this year, 3,300 Afghans sought refuge in Sweden. The figures represent a 74 percent increase compared with the same time period last year, reports TT.

The news agency writes that an "exceptional proportion" of the cases are children who arrive in Sweden alone, but does not give a figure.

"The primary cause is the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan," says Anders Rydén at the Migration Authority to TT.

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