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.