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Sweden expects the lowest number of requests for asylum in 20 years

Swedish migration Board predicts a decrease in the number of requests for asylum in Sweden, from 21 thousand to 13 thousand in 2020 against the background of the pandemic coronavirus is the lowest number since 1999, according to the Agency on Monday.

"Restrictions on movement greatly influenced the number of applications for asylum in Sweden. In this regard, it is expected that the number of applications this year will decrease from previously projected 21 thousand to 13 thousand," - said in the message.

In a comment to Sveriges Radio the head of Department Mikael Ribbenvik said: "This is a historically low figure to see a lower number of requests for asylum, you need to look earlier 1999".

World health organization March 11 announced the outbreak of a new coronavirus infection COVID-19 pandemic. According to the latest who data, the world revealed more than 15.7 million cases, more than 640 thousand people died.