The destruction to a mosque in Damascus after a suicide bomber blew himself up last month. Photo: SANA / Scanpix

Surge in asylum-seekers from Syria

Nearly a third more people applied for asylum in Sweden, during the first quarter of this year than during the same period last year.

The first three months of this year brought with it 9,737 asylum seekers, of which the largest number come from Syria. A little over 2,500 Syrian refugees applied for asylum, which is a tremendous surge, 469 percent higher than last year.

The second-largest number of refugees come from Somalia with 1,027 asylum applicants, a drop of 23 percent compared to last year.

The Swedish Migration Board predicts that 54,000 people will apply for asylum during the entire year.

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