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Over 10,000 apply for asylum in Sweden in a week

Registering their asylum applications. Photo: Maria Turdén/Sveriges Radio och TT.
Registering their asylum applications. Photo: Maria Turdén/Sveriges Radio och TT.

Last week, for the first time, over 10,000 people applied for asylum in Sweden in one week.

According to the Migration Agency, 10,201 people applied for asylum in Sweden between Monday and Sunday. The biggest group is people from Afghanistan, 4,333 of them. From Syria came 2,719 people who applied for asylum last week.

On Thursday, the government announced that a limit had been reached and that Sweden no longer can guarantee housing to people coming to apply for asylum.

At a press conference on Thursday, the Minister for Migration, Morgan Johansson, said: "When we now go out with information about the conditions in Sweden, perhaps people who are on their way here will see it and then maybe re-evaluate their plans to come here."

Since then, there have been slightly fewer people applying for asylum per day, but whether that has anything to do with what the Minister for Migration said, is unclear.

Among last week's asylum seekers were just over 2,800 unaccompanied minors, which also is the highest number reached in a week, TT reports.

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