More asylum seekers reach Sweden

A verdict in one of Sweden’s four Migration Courts is thought to be behind the growing number of asylum seekers from Somalia, news agency TT reports.

“That is our analysis. There is a need and there is a possibility that Sweden once again will become one of the main recipients of Somali refugees,” said Oskar Ekblad, at the Swedish Migration Board.  

Initial figures from this year show that 7 562 people applied for asylum during the first quarter of this year. That is a 22 percent increase compared to the same period last year.

In January this year the Migration Court ruled that it should be easier for Somali families to reunite in Sweden once one member of that family has been granted asylum.

“I think that is a contributing factor,” Ekblad said.

The Migration Board expects that about 31 000 asylum seekers will arrive in Sweden during 2012. The court ruling as well as the difficult situations in Afghanistan and Syria is likely to contribute to the increase.