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Swedenstan: 23,000 NEW immigrants in 2018 – and next year it will only increase

23,000 people are expected to seek asylum in Sweden during this year, of which 1500 are so-called “unaccompanied single refugee children”, says the Migration Board in a statement issued today. At the same time, 56,000 people are expected to apply for extension of their current residential visas.

By – Brünnhilde

There are still tens of thousands of people who come to Sweden every year to apply for asylum. Next year, the number of immigrants is expected to increase to 29,000, provided that the temporary tightening of asylum law ends as scheduled next summer.

“The number of people seeking asylum in Sweden today is steady and development is expected to continue throughout the year,” the government agency writes today.

At the same time, 56,000 people are expected to apply for extension, of which 44,000 are first-time cases.

In total, 95,000 refugee cases will be settled.

The Swedish Migration Board also announced today that those who applied for asylum in 2017 must be given their decision by the end of mid-2018.

“We have now created the different conditions for work for the entire authority’s ability. We have settled a quarter of a million asylum cases in the last three years,” said Mikael Ribbenvik, Director General at the Swedish Migration Board, in a statement issued.

According to today’s forecast, the number of open cases that have not been resolved is expected to decrease from 36,700 to 12,800 in the year 2018.

“We want to get back to real-time handling as quickly as possible – that is, to deal with cases at the rate they come in. This is to avoid problems, for example, completions and replacement orders during the waiting period,” says Ribbenvik.

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