Asylum applications cause Migration Board to expand

The Swedish Migration Board is to establish four new units to deal with the increasing numbers of asylum applications to the country. The units, which will specialize in applications from Iraqis and Somalis, are to be located in Gothenburg, Flen, Märsta and Malmö.

“We have chosen these locations because of the volume of applications in metropolitan areas, and Flen has been chosen because we already have a core of staff there focusing on these nationalities,” Ulla Petersson, spokeswoman for the Migration Board, told Skånska Dagbladet.

The Migration Board estimates that it will need to employ around 150 more people if it is to cope with the number of asylum applications expected this year. Anticipating double the number of applications received last year, the board has requested further financial assistance from the government.