The law was passed because of the growing number of refugees who went underground following the rejection of their applications. So far more than 5400 have been given permission to stay here.
Swedish Radio News says many want to live in the three large cities, which is contributing to the existing housing shortage. According to the authorities in Stockholm, until now many of the asylum-seekers have been crowding in with friends or relatives. Now that they have a legal right to stay, they are looking for their own housing.