Many of the refugees arriving in Sweden are coming from Syria. Photo: Scanpix
Refugees

Record number of asylum seekers

There are more asylum seekers arriving in Sweden now than in the beginning of the 1990s during the Balkan wars, according to Mats Johansson who works for the Migration Board in Norrköping. Swedish Radio P4 reports that the number of temporary housing for asylum seekers may run out by the end of the year.

"Some weeks there are 2000 people applying for asylum in Sweden," Mats Johansson tells Swedish Radio P4.

The biggest groups of refugees are currently coming from Syria and Eritrea. So far this year, 39,000 people have applied for asylum in Sweden. That may increase to 65,000 people by the end of the year, says Mats Johansson.

Most asylum seekers come to Malmö, but Stockholm and Gothenburg is also under pressure to find accommodation to those arriving.

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