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Libyan conflict may reduce number of asylum-seekers coming to Sweden

Published tisdag 3 februari 2015 kl 16.24
Migration Board. Photo: Tahir Yousef Sveriges Radio P4 Östergötland.
Migration Board. Photo: Tahir Yousef Sveriges Radio P4 Östergötland.

The Migration Board issued a new estimate on Tuesday for how many asylum seekers to Sweden they expect this year, predicting slightly fewer than the last estimate they made in November.

In November, the main scenario the board predicted was 95,000 asylum seekers to Sweden, but now they expect 5,000 fewer. 

"The primary reason is that accessibility has gotten worse because of the conflict in Libya, which has made it harder for Eritreans to get to Italy," says Anders Danielsson, director general of the board to news agency TT.

Even though the main target prediction has sunk, the board has allowed that the number could, in fact, range from 80,000 and 105,000 asylum seekers, and that is also consistent with November's estimate. 

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