Major changes proposed to asylum system

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The government-commissioned report released on Wednesday took some two and a half years to complete, starting from the political crisis that emerged in 2015, as a record 160,000 people came to Sweden.

The report looks at how to streamline Sweden's reception and handling of asylum cases, and also suggests how to carry out deportations when someone's asylum case is rejected.

It recommends that people seeking refuge in Sweden should first be gathered in state-run centers, and then sent on to a local area if they are allowed to stay, instead of automatically being allowed to themselves choose where to live.

Above all, it underscores the need to reduce wait times, which often carry with them a high human and economic cost.

Employment Minister Ylva Johansson accepted the report and said the government wants a broad political consensus from other political parties before moving forward with the reports investigations.