More Asylum Seekers Turned Down but Appeals Burden Migration Court

The number of asylum seekers in Sweden has diminished even more than predicted, and those that do apply for asylum are getting turned down more often.

This has resulted in more appeals against the Migration Board and created longer waiting times.

The Swedish Migration Board had originally estimated 30000 asylum seekers for the month of May, but that figure came out at 25000.

This may be due in part to the diminishing number of Iraqi asylum seekers, as well as to the increasing number of Iraqis being turned down for Swedish residence. Two years ago many Iraqis managed to get Swedish residence, but the improved situation in Iraq now means that more Iraqis are being turned down by the Swedish authorities.

This in turn has upped the number of appeals and the Migration Courts are straining to cope with the backlog.  

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