Sweden takes lion's share of EU quota refugees

Sweden receives more quota refugees than any other EU country, taking in more than a third of all other member states.

The UN refugee agency UNHCR says Sweden accepted 1,900 quota refugees last year. Finland and Great Britain tied for second place on the list, taking in 750.

Quota refugees are people whose refugee status has been recognised by UNHCR. In 2013, some 5,000 quota refugees were resettled in the EU.

Swedish Television reports that the country has accepted between 1,700 and 1,900 quota refugees per year since 2007. Sweden also accepts some of the most difficult cases, with those suffering from medical problems or disabilities.

"Sweden handles these sensitive cases very well. We are grateful Sweden receives these cases that other countries find difficult to accept," Heidi Boener of UNHCR told Swedish Television.