Asylum seekers at Stockholm's Arlanda International Airport

Asylum Seekers on the Decrease

The Swedish Migration Board reports that the number of asylum seekers to this country dropped significantly last year.

There were just under 25,000 refugee applications in Sweden during 2008, compared to more than 36,000 the year before.

The board says the biggest decrease is from Iraq, both because of improved conditions there, as well as an agreement between Stockholm and Baghdad to return rejected asylum seekers, which means many try other countries instead.

Most refugees here last year were from Iraq, however, followed by Somalia.

The number of children arriving without adults continued to increase. Most of them are 16 or 17 year old boys from Iraq, Somalia, or Afghanistan.

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