Asylum, work permit and student visa applications drop in Sweden

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The number of people seeking asylum, and applying for permits to work and study in Sweden this year will be much lower than previously expected, a new forecast by the Swedish Migration Agency shows.

Travel restrictions brought in during the coronavirus pandemic as well as other measures designed to prevent the spread of the disease are the explanation, and it is difficult to forecast when numbers will return to a more normal level, the agency says.

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