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Sweden forced to double its spending on immigration


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Sweden forced to double its spending on immigration

The sheer number of asylum seekers arriving in Sweden has forced the government to more than double its spending on immigration.

The amount allocated will rise to 50 billion crowns, around $6.2bn, in 2016 out of a total government budget of 950bn crowns.

The amount is a huge increase on earlier estimates which totaled 19 billion crowns.

The increased spending on immigration will cover higher costs related to existing measures, such as housing and benefits.

As many as 160,000 asylum seekers arrived in Sweden in 2015.

Sweden’s economy, driven by a high domestic demand and increasing exports, is one of the strongest in Europe.

However, the warm welcome offered to refugees has cooled as tensions become more and more evident.

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