Record number obtained asylum in Sweden last year

Record number obtained asylum in Sweden last year
81,300 people applied for asylum in Sweden last year, and nearly half of the asylum seekers came from the civil war-torn Syria.

According to, 63,000 asylum seekers were granted residence, which corresponds to 77 percent, according to statistics from the Swedish Migration Board.

Sweden has not received this many asylum seekers since the war was raging in the Balkans in 1992, when just over 84,000 applied for asylum in the country.

Otherwise, one must go back to World War II to find a higher number of asylum seekers to Sweden.

Most from Syria

47 percent of last year's asylum seekers were Syrians and Palestinians who had fled the civil war in Syria.

Virtually all the roughly 30,000 Syrians and close to 8,000 Palestinians who came to Sweden from Syria, were granted asylum.

11,500 asylum seekers came from Eritrea, while 4800 came from Somalia and 3100 from Afghanistan last year.

Asylum guaranteed

While asylum seekers from Syria and Eritrea are almost guaranteed asylum in Sweden, rates range among asylum seekers from other countries.

74 percent of asylum seekers from Afghanistan were granted asylum, as did 70 percent of the asylum seekers from Somalia.

50 percent of the 2,700 Iraqis who applied for asylum were also accepted, as did 49 percent of the asylum seekers from Ethiopia.

Application rejected

Asylum seekers from Kosovo, Bosnia, Serbia, Macedonia and Albania however only rarely will be granted asylum in Sweden, the statistics show.

The Migration Board received an average of 1,500 asylum seekers every week last year, while the number at most were up to 2400.

Sweden is the country in Europe that welcomes most asylum seekers per capita, and only Germany welcomes a higher number of asylum seekers.

This year even more asylum seekers are expected to Sweden, and approximately 100,000 asylum seekers are expected to Sweden in 2015. The numbers will of course multiply once family reunions are granted.

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