Migration Agency estimates up to 140,000 refugees in 2016

Migration Agency estimates up to 140,000 refugees in 2016

Between 70,000 and 140,000 people are expected to apply for asylum in Sweden this year, including up to 27,000 unaccompanied minors, according to a forecast by the Swedish Migration Agency.  The Agency underlines that there is much uncertainly surrounding the numbers. Last year, Sweden received around 163,000 refugees in 2015, according to the Migration Agency. At the beginning of the year, 4,000–5,000 asylum seekers came to Sweden per month.  A dramatic increase began in late summer – from 6,619 in June to six times that amount in October: 39,196. October will now go down in history as the month Sweden received the biggest amount of asylum seekers ever.  In 2015 significantly more unaccompanied minors sought asylum in Sweden compared to the previous year: the numbers increased from 7,049 to 35,369. 109,235 persons received residence permits for various reasons such as studies, family connections, protection and work in 2015. Labour immigration increased somewhat; from about 15,800 approved permits to almost 17,000.  The largest groups of employees come from Thailand, India and China. The most common categories were berry pickers, IT specialists, civil engineers and restaurant staff.

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Jessica Nilsson Williams is the CEO & Founder of Mundus International. She has a long-standing interest in international affairs, having studied and worked in the field for more than 20 years. She began her career as the political advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm, and then worked in London and Singapore before returning to Stockholm. In 2011 she took up a senior role at the New Zealand Embassy before founding Mundus International in 2012. In addition to working for foreign missions, she has worked in sectors such as NGOs and non-profit organisations (e.g. the Clinton Foundation and the International Red Cross), and television. Jessica is a Member of the Board of the Swedish Cricket Federation.