Shorter Refugee Application Time

Refugees submitting asylum applications to the Swedish Migration Board must now wait an average of 4.5 months for a decision. This is the shortest amount of time in the past 20 years, according to new figures from the Migration Board.

However, the Swedish government targets a waiting time of no longer than three months.

Last year, it took 6.8 months on average to process an application. But in 1990, it took just 3.5 months.

While waiting time has recently decreased, more and more people seek asylum in Sweden. During the first half of this year, the Migration Board received 14,000 applications, that is, about 35 percent more than they did during the same period last year.

This year, the Board granted 40 percent of seekers permission to stay in Sweden, compared to only 33 percent last year.

The Board has granted asylum to roughly 70 percent of Somalians, 60 percent of Eritreans and Afghans, 40 percent to Iraqis and just 2 percent to Serbs this year. These groups contribute the largest numbers of asylum seekers.