Record number of asylum seekers expected 2015

The Swedish Migration Board can anticipate granting asylum to 95,000 refugees next year, which would be a record number and could mean longer waiting times for asylum applications.

The Migration Board presented its forecast for the Swedish government Tuesday and estimated between 80,000 and 105,000 refugees will seek asylum.

By the end of this year, some 83,000 people are expected to have sought asylum in Sweden, almost as many as in 1992 when the war in the Balkans produced the highest annual number of asylum seekers to the country. That number was under 55,000 in 2013, and under 44,000 in 2012, Swedish Radio reports.

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