Asylum-seekers at Stockholm's Arlanda airport

Fewer Asylum-Seekers to Sweden

Swedish Radio News reports that there are less refugees coming to Sweden, at the same time that more are turning to this country’s Nordic neighbors.

The number of asylum seekers here during the first half of the year was 10,000, down from 12,000 during the same period in 2008. Meanwhile, the number of asylum-seekers in Norway, Finland and Denmark increased by 50 percent over the same period.

But Sweden remains the Nordic country with the most asylum seekers.

The head of the office of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Stockholm says people turn to the countries where they believe they have the best chance of asylum. The decision of the Swedish Migration Court to turn away refugees from Iraq has changed perceptions about this country.

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