Sweden could receive up to 140,000 asylum seekers in 2016, including 27,000 unaccompanied minors, according to a forecast by the Swedish Migration Agency published on Thursday.
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- Migration Agency forecast.
- A suspected criminal in Austria, a suspected victim in Sweden.
The chat logs in her mobile phone are the Austrian prosecutor’s strongest evidence against a Swedish teen accused of terrorism, Swedish Radio News reports.
- Pastor and journalist win.
Palestinian pastor Mitri Raheb and the Israeli journalist Gideon Levy are being awarded the 2015 Olof Palme Prize "for their courageous and indefatigable fight against occupation and violence, and for a future Middle East characterized by peaceful coexistence and equality for all".
- "It was a mess."
Nearly 10 years ago, in the middle of the war in Iraq, a group of Swedish aviation experts arrived in Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan to transform one of Saddam Hussein’s old military air bases into a modern international airport.
- SEK 1.7 billion in total.
The Swedish government has rolled out a new 5-year aid strategy for warn-torn Syria, which also focuses on mitigating the impact of the crisis on neighboring countries.
- "Unsustainable situation".
Sweden's Social Democrat-Green government announced Tuesday tighter border controls and asylum rules to drastically reduce the number of refugees who seek asylum in the country.
- Unaccompanied minors.
Asylum seeker figures in November show that there is an increasing number of Afghans applying for refugee status in Sweden. According to newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN), Syrians are the largest group among asylum seekers for the entire 2015, but looking only at this month, Afghans have climbed to the first position.
- "Sweden has had irresponsible policies."
Despite being overwhelmed with refugees, Sweden cannot count on help from neighboring Denmark.
- Departure from Copenhagen halted.
Scandinavian Airlines has decided to halt a flight to Sharm el-Sheikh, a move that follows UK prime minister David Cameron’s announcement that all UK flights to the Egyptian holiday resort will be cancelled.
- EU President Donald Tusk here today.
On Thursday Sweden will be sending in a formal request to the European Commission that many asylum-seekers here should be divided up and sent to other EU countries.
- Many returning to Sweden from Finland.
The number of refugees crossing Sweden to get to Finland has dropped in the past week, Swedish Radio News reports. The reason seems to be tightened rules for asylum in Finland.
- Greatly increased forecast for asylum seekers.
The Migration Agency announced Thursday that its previous forecast for the number of refugees coming to Sweden was low and that the country may see as many as 190,000 people seek asylum in 2015. And it says more money and a new system of recception are needed to handle those numbers.
- Revised for the fourth time in 2015.
An estimated 160,000 people will apply for asylum in Sweden this year, and 135,000 next year, the news agency TT reports.