Police escort asylum seekers at Hyllie Station near Malmö in this file photo from 2015. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
Number of asylum seekers to Sweden dropped sharply in 2016
Following the introduction of border controls, an agreement with Turkey and tougher legislation, the flow of refugees to Sweden has reduced to a trickle.
2016 saw 80 per cent fewer asylum seekers arrive in Sweden compared with 2015, when almost 163,000 people applied for asylum in the country.
This year’s total is significantly lower.
For example, only 5,410 Syrian asylum seekers have come to Sweden so far in 2016, compared with 51,338 in 2015, according to figures from the Swedish migration authority (Migrationsverket).
Up to mid-December, the total for asylum seekers arriving in the country in 2016 had just rounded 28,000.