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- "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.
- German concept.
The organisation Refugees Welcome opened a new, non-profit housing website on Thursday, which makes it possible for private individuals in Sweden to open their homes to refugees.
- Shooting and knife attacks.
An outbreak of violence between Palestinians and Israelis has put Jerusalem residents on edge and prompted calls for peace from Swedish officials.
- Mostly migrant workers from Asia.
A new report by Swedish watchdog Swedwatch shows poor working conditions and long hours for hotel staff at some of the hotels used by Swedish travel agencies.
- Potential risk.
With more refugees coming to Sweden, the Swedish police intelligence service Säpo has increased co-operation with the Migration Agency to try to detect any suspected terrorists or spies among those who come here, news agency TT reports.
- Welcomes new laws.
At present 125 Swedish citizens are in Iraq and Syria in order to fight for terror groups, according to information from the Swedish Security Service (Säpo).