Poverty refugees will be disappointed

The Swedish Migration Board predicts that many more people hit by poverty in the Balkans and Serbia will seek asylum in Sweden - but that the vast majority of them will be refused permission to stay.

The other main groups seeking asylum are people from Afghanistan and Somalia.

Dan Eliasson, general director of the Migration Board, says to news agency TT that hard time in the Balkans, and the recent removal of visa restrictions on Serbian travellers, has meant an increase in refugee applications from there. But he adds that poverty and hard time are not reasons for asylum to be granted in Sweden.

The board's prediction is of 32,000 asylum cases this year, and 31.000 next year - a big increase from the prediction they made during the summer, and would be 8,000 more than last year.

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