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Sweden sees steep rise in asylum seekers

TT/The Local · 4 Jan 2011, 07:44

Published: 04 Jan 2011 07:44 GMT+01:00

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During the last year, 31,901 people applied for asylum in Sweden compared to 24,232 cases the year before.

Most asylum seekers were from Serbia, followed by Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Kosovo.

The number of unaccompanied refugee children who came to Sweden also increased. Last year the figure was 2,394, compared with 2,250 in 2009. The children come mainly from Afghanistan, Somalia and Iraq.

The Migration Board managed to deal with almost all the applications, despite the increase of almost 4,000 cases, granting asylum in roughly one in three cases.

Processing times have also improved. Last year 74 percent of cases were decided within six months compared with 52 percent in 2009.

The marked increase in applications from Serbia, with 6,343 Serbs seeking asylum, is attributed to change in visa requirements for Serbs following a decision by the European Union at the end of last year.

There was also an increase in refugees from Afghanistan. Afghan asylum seekers numbered 2,393, an increase of roughly 700.

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Numbers of Somalis and Iraqis, who have previously constituted the largest group of asylum seekers, decreased according to figures from the Migration Board.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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08:49 January 4, 2011 by landofthesheeple
Oh, Goody !

Ya' know, I was starting to get worried that Sweden would get overrun with Scandinavians : ) lol
10:36 January 4, 2011 by RobinHood
Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia; difficult and dangerous places to live in right now. But Serbia? Belgrade hosted a Eurovision song contest in 2008; it seemed a calm sort of place then, and the crowds looked well-fed. Has something changed?
10:40 January 4, 2011 by flintis
#Last year 74 percent of cases were decided within six months compared with 52 percent in 2009.#

Well what a suprise how efficient they've become with all the non-swedes working at migrationsverket.

Maybe time to plan a move to Somalia, it'll soon be empty!!
10:59 January 4, 2011 by Rebel
Maybe some of this has to do with other nations in Europe trying to reduce the number of people heading their way unless those immigrants have skills necessary to find work.
11:11 January 4, 2011 by Rishonim
Robinhood, Serbian's sees an opportunity to come to Sweden to get involved in organized crime. They can come and set up shop within a few months and start shaking down bars, restaurants, nightclubs, hotels etc. Sweden is an easy target since we have one of the worst police force coupled with an equally lousy legal system.
12:14 January 4, 2011 by arslan11
Why Afghans and Iraqis are coming?? US and NATO are ruling afghanistan since 2001, and they promised to make it and Iraq safe and prosperous places within couple of years...
12:25 January 4, 2011 by fikatid
As long as they don't hate the western value and turn into a suicide bombers, they are welcome.
13:01 January 4, 2011 by mir81
@all .... Stop war in Afghanistan and Iraq ...... get back swedes troop from Afghanistan ...... When afghan and Iraqi get peace in their country they don't need to come here or go else where . Check statistics of immigrants before these wars in Sweden.

Stop Wars .... and if u cant stop war then don't pass comments at least on immigrants from Afghanistan and Iraq .
13:39 January 4, 2011 by Syftfel
If they pass the strict test for a true "asylum seeker", fine. Chances are however that most of these people are here to avail themselves of Sweden's excessively liberal welfare policies, and become parasites on a once fine Nordic nation, and permanently alter its Nordic character. Those who don't pass the strict test for an "asylum seeker", or who come because some sham "family reunification" or who are unadaptable, out! Perhaps they can "reunify" in their country of origin?
14:00 January 4, 2011 by pjtaipale

>Stop war in Afghanistan and Iraq ...... get back swedes troop from Afghanistan

Hey, try to decide. Either or. The war in Afghanistan does not stop if Swedes (or Americans, for that matter) pull out. To the contrary: it would enable Afghanistan to be used as a home base for global war, again. There was war in Afghanistan and Iraq all way long.

There were also plenty enough refugees coming from those countries already before the (very lawful and needed) intervention in Afghanistan, or the (much less lawful and successful) American attack on Iraq.

As you can observe, there are plenty enough refugees from Somalia, although Europeans or Americans are not involved in occupation there. So don't imagine that the war would somehow stop by having Western countries not being involved there.
14:26 January 4, 2011 by wenddiver
Has Sweden never heard of a UN refugee camp? I would bet that is where your legitimate assylum types are, not down at the Social Welfare Office in Sweden. This is a sham letting lots of dangerous people into your country.
14:53 January 4, 2011 by Kaethar
@RobinHood: Just goes to show how many asylum seekers are in fact economic migrants. Don't presume asylum seekers from generally more dangerous countries are in need of asylum either - then we'd have to grant asylum to every Jamaican or South African who came here... Northern Iraq is perfectly safe. Many Iraqi's are moving back there. Yet people from there are still seeking asylum in richer countries - this is an example of economic migration, not of asylum.

The reason Serbians have such a huge number is because of what they said - changed VISA recquirements. Now anyone from Serbia can get on a plane and come to Sweden and then apply for asylum. Even if they'd in all likelyhood get turned down this would give them several months free money and the opportunity to stay in the country illegally even if they are turned down. As has been said the Serbian Mafia is very active in Sweden and I don't doubt that this is several of their members coming to Sweden and then promptly "disappearing" after taking their asylum processing money. There's probably Albanians and gypsies from Serbia involved in the asylum seeking as well. Although they are still economic migrants they may be hoping their asylum will actually go through because the Serb-Albanian/gypsy relationship still isn't great today. So out of what is maybe ~5000 asylum seekers from Serbia most are fake and most will be turned down. But it doesn't really matter since the criminal ones will all stay in Sweden illegally. :(

@wenddiver: Have you never heard of the UN Convention for Refugees? All nations who are signatories are obligated by INTERNATIONAL LAW to test the case of every single person who applies for asylum within their borders. Whether they are Iraqi, Serbian, or American. Because people from any country can be in real need of asylum. But sadly a lot of people abuse the system in every country.
15:24 January 4, 2011 by gettingbored

I understand Afghanistan and Iraq cases. These places might not be safe to live. But as it was noted earlier why Serbia and other not-mentioned places like Egypt, Turkey and Russia. The reason for that is granting work permit during the case process. They are coming and the cases are being decided up to 5 years and meantime they are working, making money and heading back. This is the simple truth and this truth is very obvious to the government as well. All immigrants do "low-quality" works such as cleaning or gardening. By this way, Sweden is having cheap labour force.
15:25 January 4, 2011 by alingsaskev
This is not really unusual. Sweden still retains a fairly lax immigration and refugee programme and most potential asylum seekers and immigrants around the world are not stupid. Whilst it remains so easy to enter Sweden, Sweden will become the first port of call for a great many immigrants looking to get a toe hold in Europe. Once they are granted leave to stay in Sweden and obtain the all important Swedish Passport, they will (mostly, and if they have any sense at all) high-tail it out of Sweden and settle happily with their new EU status in one of the bigger economies such as France, the UK, Germany or the Benelux.

Sweden really shouldn't worry too much about it, it's own homespun brand of xenophobia usually ensures that most immigrants don't hang around for long!
16:02 January 4, 2011 by DMEricson
Suicidal madness.
16:48 January 4, 2011 by pantheratigris
Did Assange file multiple applications? :D
17:03 January 4, 2011 by UScitizen
Since most of you Swedes seem to think that America is such a horrible country, I think all of us Americans should get asylum. I'm a permanent resident here but I had to show I could support myself, which I do, before I was allowed to live here.
17:44 January 4, 2011 by Ravioli
Will this madness ever stop??
18:03 January 4, 2011 by G_man469
i thing swedish govement i care peaple iam so proud swedish i know more somalia like they get what they want here so i say thanks swedish goverment god bless you all swedish peaple even me they help when i came somalia not only me all mu famili mother my step father my brother say all swedish peaple and god bless y ouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
18:10 January 4, 2011 by know
I feel sweden become more dangerous and it´s true. Why are they moving to Sweden it´s already far away when applicants for asylum have the neighbouring countries to move to?

solution to this is to provide the protection för ever but no uppehålltillstånd or citizens.

Most faring well until they become citizens then begins criminal activity.
18:36 January 4, 2011 by Dazzler
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
19:24 January 4, 2011 by landofthesheeple
@ UScitizen

America is a Horrible place to live, the transparent government staged 911 attack was more than enough for Me. It was the straw that broke the camels back, and now Europe is paying the price with unwanted mass immagration of cell groups and religion that demands to take over the host country culture.

I degress, Sweden is Awesome and that's why I moved here. I was one lucky ones to get a life boat off the Titanic. lol

I will never go back, Europe is My new home, and regardless of the insurgents living here in Sweden, it was the best decision I ever made : )

As a citizen of Sweden, I promise to not change their culture and live as a Scandinavian, with exception to expressing My opinions on what I like or dislike.

I have no fear islamic/muslims, I guess that's the old American Back-Bone, it's a hard thing to quit, but why would I want to, at least I brought something positive.

BTW- The photo above is worth a thousand words. Just look at those two dudes looking out the window towards the future... planning... waiting for the right opportunity to strike...
21:14 January 4, 2011 by Roy E
If you reward a certain behavior, you can always be assured of getting more of it.
00:27 January 5, 2011 by Swedesmith
My youngest daughter found a homeless cat out in the field. She brought it home and fed it. I told her to find a home for it...this was two years ago. Damn thing hisses at me every time I walk by it.
02:23 January 5, 2011 by mac_007

Was it Thailand cat or Muslim cat ...hahhahaha
13:10 January 5, 2011 by qed16
The downfall of Western civilization in close up...

Sweden is the perfect mark for these people. Blindly tolerant, economically advanced and you don't have to work to get paid.

Why go anywhere else?

Sweden better wake up of it's way of life will be gone in two generations.
10:27 January 6, 2011 by ZeitTrash
What is the "problem" with Sweden that requires a mass influx of Muslims as a "solution"? Can anyone answer that? What was wrong with Sweden the way it is? Sadly, Western governments have a perverse hatred of their own history and peoples and are obsessed with destroying them.
11:15 January 6, 2011 by Bender B Rodriquez
So we had 30,000 asylum seekers and about 10,000 were granted asylum. That is a very low number compared to what we had in the 90s.
17:23 January 6, 2011 by Icarusty
These are highly skilled migrants who will be good productive members for the great country of Swedenia in years to come.
19:44 January 6, 2011 by zeulf
@ landofthesheeple I think You have fond a good home.
21:08 January 6, 2011 by Njal
How many times must the same mistake be made before one learns from it?
14:17 January 7, 2011 by qed16
@ Icarusty

"These are highly skilled migrants who will be good productive members for the great country of Swedenia in years to come."

This was meant in sarcasm right?

These are the most uneducated, psychologically damaged, un-assimilatible people you could possibly bring into your society who have little to offer other than the altruistic satisfaction of a lifetime of charity for them and their children.

And quite a few are simply scam artists looking for a way to get on the govt teat...
00:06 January 8, 2011 by Alasdair MacCorquodale
Nearly all immigration into the West is done for ECONOMIC reasons.

The 'Third World', is an enormous place, with a population consisting of around 5 Billion out of a total world population of 6.5 Billion.

Apparently Sweden's immigrant population accounts for 1 in 5. This scale of immigration is hugely damaging to the indigenous people and culture.

Liberalism has doubtless served Sweden well. But I think all should wake up to the future erosion of what ' is Sweden' .

In my native Britain, most a growing number of people are becoming aware of future dangers..
09:05 January 8, 2011 by Rick Methven
@Alasdair MacCorquodale

Which fairy tale book did you get your figure of 1 in 5?
04:47 January 9, 2011 by qed16
This is an entire industry for overpaid lawyers funded by the taxpayers by the way...

Asylum seekers can get a free lawyer to "appeal" their denials with the government footing the bill at about 1300 kroner per HOUR.

I know an acquaintance who does only this who just bought a BMW and is hiring more lawyers because "business" is booming.

So, this rise in applications is directly costing Swedish taxpayers a LOT of money better spent on schools, healthcare and pensions. Just more leeching from the parasite con artists who will ultimately bring down the system.

Wake up Sweden.
22:11 February 4, 2011 by Chickybee
Asylum in neighbouring Muslim countries would be both culturally, linguistically and religiously better for the vast majority of Muslim immigrants who are changing the face of Europe and creating tension which is not condusive to maintaining the culture and way of life we know now.

Denmark is the only Nordic country dealing with this issue.
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