A total of 3,848 people who applied in 2015 – 717 women, 2,188 men and 943 children – are still without a decision from the Swedish Migration Agency. 165 of them are children who arrived in Sweden on their own.
In total over a quarter of the around 21,000 asylum cases pending a decision in Sweden date from 2015 and 2016.
The explanation for the cases not yet being processed is, according to the Migration Agency, that more staff members have left earlier than expected (numbers were boosted following the peak of the refugee crisis in 2015 then reduced again as the number of asylum seekers in Sweden dropped).
“That has led to reallocations of cases which meant a bigger amount of work per case,” Migrationsverket told newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN).
Sweden's Migration Minister Heléne Fritzon has highlighted processing times as a priority. According to Migrationsverket the average procession time for those who sought asylum in 2017 is three months.