Big increase in asylum seekers in Sweden

2010 saw a big increase of persons seeking asylum in Sweden compared with the year before. 30,901 persons sought asylum in 2010 as against 24,232 the year before. Most of the asylum seekers came from Serbia, followed by Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Kosovo in that order. Even the number of unaccompanied children who come to Sweden has increased. There were 2,394 such children as against 2,250 in 2009. Most of these children came from Afghanistan, Somalia and Iraq. Migrationsverket completed 31,256 asylem cases last year which is almost 4,000 more than the year before. About a third of asylum seekers were granted asylum in Sweden. At the same time, the length of time needed to decide an asylum case has increased. Last year, 74 per cent of asylum cases were decided within six months as compared to 54 per cent in 2009.

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