Crisis plan in action: More than 1000 migrants and refugees are now seeking asylum in Sweden daily, and another 1000 use Sweden as a transit country.
The number of refugees has shattered the Migration Board's previous forecasts, forcing the government to deploy its crisis organization, Aftonbladet reports.
This means a central control of the six regions to allocate resources where they are needed most. Above all, it is Malmö that need extra resources in the form of transport, staff and housing.
7000 a week
- The forecast for how many Sweden will receive this year will be revised in a month. Right now we are at 7000 a week, but we do not believe that number is continuing throughout the year. Indications from our analysts show that there are many who leave these areas right now, heading for Europe, says Fredrik Bengtsson.
The crisis organization's role is primarily to ensure accommodation for the asylum seekers who arrive.
- The situation is very strained. It would be silly to say anything else, says Bengtsson.
In addition to the 1,000 people who are seeking asylum in Sweden each day, another 800 to 1000 migrants arrive in Sweden every day, but they seek to enter other countries, particularly Finland.
- Above all it is Iraqis who want to go to Finland, because they think they have better chances of getting a residence permit there, says the Migration Board's Press Officer, Fredrik Bengtsson.
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