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Sweden accepts highest number of asylum seekers in Scandinavia. The country has the most registered asylum seekers per million inhabitants in the EU, a new Eurostat report shows. This gives Sweden a 13 per cent share of all registered asylum seekers with her 5,700 applicants per million inhabitants. Sweden’s figures are possibly affected by the decision by immigration authorities granting all Syrian refugees coming to Sweden asylum.

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Sweden accepts highest number of asylum seekers in Scandinavia

Published on Tuesday, 25th March, 2014 at 20:28 under the news category, by Emma Åsberg.
Last Updated on 28th March 2014 at 10:28.

The country has the most registered asylum seekers per million inhabitants in the EU, a new Eurostat report shows.

Border mark on the Norway-Sweden border
The Syrian war led to Swedish authorities granting blanket asylum to Syrian refugees.Border mark on the Norway-Sweden border
Photo: Skogsfrun/Wikimedia Commons


This gives Sweden a 13 per cent share of all registered asylum seekers with her 5,700 applicants per million inhabitants.

Sweden’s figures are possibly affected by the decision by immigration authorities granting all Syrian refugees coming to Sweden asylum.

“The conflict has, mildly put, got drastically worse. We made the judgment that it will not stop in the near future and so we changed our practices. International rights state they should then get permanent asylum rights, and that is the call that we have made,” said Anders Danielsson, Director General of the Swedish Migration Board to Swedish Radio

Moreover, according to research institute SOM, Swedish people have become increasingly positive to immigration and immigrants.

This is despite racism becoming a growing issue. Malmö in the southern county of Skåne saw the biggest protest in decades as more than 9,000 people gathered to protest against racism earlier this year.

“The anti-racist movement includes many groups and needs that type of engagement to build community feelings. If politicians feel that many people are engaged in an issue it's easier for them to get the courage to follow through with a political movement in that direction,” Mattias Wahlström, sociology researcher Gothenburg University told TT.

The racism debate is also taking more and more space in the media. For example, Swedish Radio P1 had to publicly apologize for the way a debate about racism was led. Celebrities are stepping forward to make a stand on the issue.

Moreover, the racism issue it is also being brought to the fore by artists such as Jason Diakité - or Timbuktu as he is better known - and Movits!, as well as authors as Jonas Hassen Khemiri who wrote ‘One Eye Red’. Khemiri and Timbuktu also appeared at Oslo’s Litteraturhuset to talk about Scandinavia, racism and politics last year.

Timbuktu has since won a prize for his continuous work against racism, become a YouTube phenomenon, and an anti-racism spokesperson using the hashtag #Jagarjason (‘I am Jason’, in Swedish).

  • Applicants per million inhabitants in Norway are 2,360.
  • They are 1,280 for Denmark.
  • Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Italy registered 70% of all applicants.
  • The majority came from Syria and Russia



Published on Tuesday, 25th March, 2014 at 20:28 under the news category, by Emma Åsberg.
Last updated on 28th March 2014 at 10:28.

This post has the following tags: immigration, asylum, norway, scandinavia.





  
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