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    Major Migrant Crisis in Europe (1819)

    Over 9,000 people have sought asylum in Sweden in the past week, with the current number for 2015 exceeding 95,000, Sweden’s Migration Agency said Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — "In the past week the number of people who sought asylum was 9,179 and overall in the past months their number stood at 95,430 people," the migration service told RIA Novosti, adding that as many as 33,000 people were from Syria.

    According to the service’s July prediction, Sweden originally expected 66,000-80,000 refugees to seek asylum in 2015.

    Some 710,000 people fleeing war and poverty in Africa and the Middle East have crossed the European Union’s external borders in the first nine months of this year, according to border agency Frontex.

    In September, the European Commission announced a quota scheme, providing for the resettlement of 160,000 refugees currently located in Greece, Italy and Hungary, throughout other European countries.

    Earlier this month, Italy sent a first group of 19 refugees to be relocated in Europe to Sweden by plane.

    Major Migrant Crisis in Europe (1819)


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