Swedish Migration Agency expects up to 140,000 asylum seekers 2016
A migrant pushes a wheelbarrow in a muddy field at a camp of makeshift shelters called the Grande Synthe jungle, near Calais - REUTERS

STOCKHOLM: Sweden’s Migration Agency expects up to 140,000 asylum seekers in 2016, adding pressure to a country already under strain from record numbers of people fleeing from Middle East, Africa and Asia.

The Migration Agency said it expected between 70,000 and 140,000 to claim asylum in Sweden this year, with the lower number possible if “control measures have a clear effect throughout the year and additional measures are introduced when the number of asylum seekers begins to rise in May”.

The Agency’s higher estimate includes up to 27,000 unaccompanied minors.

Sweden took in 163,000 asylum seekers last year.

The last forecast in October, made before border controls were introduced, was for up to 170,000 asylum seekers this year.

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