Sweden is one of the main destinations of Syrian asylum seekers. In 2016, of a total of 28,939 applicants 5,459 came from Syria, 2,758 from Iraq, 1,151 from Eritrea, 1,339 were stateless, 1,646 came from Somalia and 2,969 from Afghanistan.
The recognition rate is at first instance is 60% including Dublin cases and 77% if Dublin cases are excluded. The Migration Courts approved 5% of appeals. (This cannot be added to the recognition rate at the Migration Agency).
The recognition rate for Syrians for 2016 at first instance was 91% including Dublin and 100% otherwise. 44,218 Syrian applications were granted protection, which in the vast majority of cases was subsidiary protection. For Eritrea the recognition rate was 91% / 99% with 5,995 permits granted. For Afghanistan 28% / 45% with 3,464 permits granted. Stateless applicants were granted asylum in 85% / 94% of cases with 5,833 permits granted. Somali recognition rates were 44% / 59% respectively with 1,723 cases approved. Recognition rates for Iraq were 17 % / 45% with 1,745 cases approved. For Iran the rates are 29% / and 60% respectively with 678 cases approved.
Many applicants from the Balkan countries have their cases treated as manifestly unfounded even if they are individually assessed. Decision-making resources are diverted to this group when there is a large influx of applicants in order not to miss the 3-month time limit for dealing with a case as manifestly unfounded (see section on Accelerated Procedure). Even though Sweden only registers the nationality of asylum seekers and not their ethnicity, many asylum seekers in this group are of Roma origin. Similar procedures are followed with regard to asylum applications from Mongolia.