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A total 30,000 refugee minors to arrive by end of 2015

Published tisdag 20 oktober 2015 kl 17.05
Skylt på Migrationsverket som visar vart asylsökande ska gå. Foto: Maja Suslin /TT.
A sign at the Migration Agency directing refugees who want to apply for asylum in Sweden. Photo: Maja Suslin/TT

The Swedish Migration Agency has revised its estimate of the number of unaccompanied refugee minors arriving in Sweden this year, from 12,000 to 30,000.

The conflict in Afghanistan and the worsening situation for refugees in Iraq, Pakistan and Turkey are among the reasons why so many unaccompanied minors are coming to Sweden now, Swedish Television News reported Tuesday.

"You have to remember that 70 percent of the Afghan population is below 25. It’s a very young population," said Merjem Maslo, a global analyst at the Migration Agency.

While municipalities around Sweden have reported strained resources, Per-Arne Andersson of the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions told Swedish Television News that he believes all municipalities are doing their utmost to handle the situation.

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