Record numbers seek asylum in Sweden
TT/The Local · 20 Sep 2015, 18:34
Published: 20 Sep 2015 18:34 GMT+02:00
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Mikael Ribbenvik, Deputy Director General of the Swedish Migration Board told Swedish broadcaster SVT on Sunday: “The only comparable situation was the Balkans crisis in 1992, although even that saw fewer refugees than we see now. We have never experienced anything like this before,” he said.
The number of asylum seekers was up significantly on the previous week, itself a record-breaking 5,200.
The previous record before the current crisis was set in June 1992, during the Balkan war, when 5,060 asylum seekers were processed. That year 84,000 sought asylum in Sweden. So far this year the figure is in excess of 60,000.
Sweden, which over the past few years has taken in the second largest number of asylum seekers in the EU after Germany, has vowed to keep its borders open for the time being.