The Migration Board extends the so-called refugee quota from 3,400 to 5,000 next year. That means about 500 immigrants per month, announces the authority on its website today.
The new places will go to Congolese cities, Ethiopians, Eritreans and Syria. “We have prepared the collection of 1,500 people who can travel here shortly after the turn of the year,” says Oskar Ekblad, Head of Division at the Swedish Migration Board.
Sweden continues to receive large numbers of Muslim immigrants.
Year after year, the Swedish Migration Board has the task of filling in the locations of Sweden’s so-called refugee quota, and all must be completed by the end of the year.
Now the authority has decided to increase the number of quota refugees sharply to next year, from 3,400 to 5,000 seats.
“In order to cope with this challenge, we are preparing for 2018. We have prepared the acquisition of 1,500 people who can travel here shortly after the turn of the year,” said the Migration Board‘s Oskar Ekblad.
Already last year’s refugee quota of 3,400 seats was the largest since the Balkans war in the 1990s, according to the authority. By 2017, the quota has been around 1,800-1,900 seats per year.
But while the Riksdag discussed the budget bill earlier this year, it decided that the 2018 refugee quota should cover a total of 5,000 people.
“In order to fill 5,000 seats, it’s important to be out on time. It is necessary that 400-500 people to Sweden every month for transfers and reception to work well, says Ekblad.
The 1,500 additional quota refugees deal mainly with immigrants from Syria, which receive 900 seats, despite the fact that the war is now virtually over. In addition, 616 seats have been devoted to Congolese, Ethiopian, Eritreans and persons of other nationalities. Syria is taken out of place by delegated delegations in Lebanon and Turkey, writes Migration Board.
According to Oskar Ekblad, UNHCR is very positive that Sweden has chosen to receive even more quota refugees.
“It is particularly welcome now when it is unclear how many quota refugees EU countries and the United States will receive in the future,” he said.
The mission of the 1,500 quota refugees will also not affect the Migration Board’s work to provide “a large number of asylum seekers” decisions in their cases before the turn of the year.
The decisions in the refugee asylum cases are taken either by a special team in Malmö or by the delegated delegations.
According to the Migration Board, a refugee refuge is a person who “has moved from his country and has been elected by the UN Refugee Body UNHCR to move to another country.” This is called resettlement.
The Migration Board’s latest forecast shows that between 19,000 and 33,000 asylum seekers are expected to come to Sweden next year. The number of incoming affiliations, with family immigrants, is expected to be 47,000.