Sweden allows larger number of minors seeking asylum to stay

  • Mihai Turcanu
  • 29.11.2017 08:59

On Monday 27 November, the Greens and Social Democrats forming the ruling coalition in Sweden agreed to soften the regulations adopted during the immigration crisis in 2015 concerning the status of unaccompanied minors seeking asylum. The agreement allows for people who applied as minors and have since turned 18, and who have waited for longer than 15 months for their cases to be processed, to remain in Sweden.

The deal will eliminate an important cause of friction within the government but is also regarded as a victory for the Green Party who has been maintaining that these young people are part of Sweden. In 2015, more than 160,000 people sought asylum in Sweden, out of which 30,000 were unaccompanied minors. These numbers have dropped significantly to 30,000 and 2,000 in 2016, due to the closing of the main migratory route via Turkey. However, they could increase again in the near future as human smugglers are exploring the viability of a Black Sea/Romania route, but also because of the significant cooling of relations between EU and Turkey who has threatened to reopen the Balkan route.

 

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