16,000 more asylum seekers are expected to Sweden next year, and it can bring the total up to 105,000.
The Swedish Immigration Service, Migrationsverket, upgrade its forecast for the number of asylum seekers who is expected to Sweden in 2015.
The number is increased from between 64,000 and 94,000 to between 80,000 and 105,000.
It was expected that the Swedish Migration Board would upgrade its forecast, and Tuesday, it was clear how much the upgrade would be.
The initial planning- and calculation for 2015 is now to be set at 95,000 asylum seekers. It will be the highest number of asylum seekers in Sweden ever.
- In 1992, we had 84,000, making it one of the highest numbers. At the same time there is a large uncertainty in the forecast. We have never had such a large span, Migrationsverket's deputy general director, Mikael Ribbenvik, says to the news agency TT.
- The reason is that the conflicts that drive people to flee, continue to rise, and we see no glimpses of good news, he said.
The big challenge for Migrationsverket is to find homes for the thousands of asylum seekers.
- We may need 20,000 more homes next year. There are some municipalities who are unwilling, but we must all help out, Ribbenvik says.
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