The pressure on the Migration Board increases when more than expected probably will be seeking asylum in Sweden. Now the board ask for about 18 billion extra over the next five years to cope with costs.
It is now expected that around 10,000 more per year will seek asylum in Sweden compared to an earlier forecasts from July last year. In total authorities estimates that more than 350,000 will seek asylum over the next five years.
The money the government has dedicated, is not enough the Migration Board believes. In total the board now expects costs of 157 billion SEK until 2019, which is an increase of almost 18 billion from the previous forecast.
Most of the extra money will go to cover the municipalities extra costs such as housing, financial assistance and health care.
- The refugee situation creates great challenges. The most important is to deal with the housing situation. There is no quick solutions, it requires long-term solutions, says Migration Administration CFO Anders Lundbeck.
Lundbeck stresses that the plea for more money is a result of updated forecasts for the number of asylum seekers.
- One should not forget that the forecast is an estimate based on what we think is going to happen in the world and it can constantly change, he says.
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