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Muhammed (L), 13, of Syria and Mahdi Ghafour, 6, of Afghanistan plays on a pier on in Kladesholmen, Sweden. Last year Sweden received 162,877 asylum applications, more than any European country proportionate to its population. According to the Swedish Migration Agency, Sweden housed more than 180,000 people in 2015, more than double the total in 2014. The country is struggling to house refugees in proper conditions during the harsh winter; summer holiday resorts, old schools and private buildings are being turned into temporary shelters for asylum seekers as they wait for a decision on their asylum application. Sweden is facing new challenges on its migration policy after the massive arrival of refugees last year, forcing the country to drastically reduce the number of refugees passing through its borders. Stricter controls have had a significant effect on the number of arrivals, reducing weekly numbers from 10,000 to 800. The Swedish migration minister announced in January that the government will reject up to 80,000 refugees who applied for asylum last year, proposing strict new residency rules.
Migrants and asylum seekers board a train near the registration camp after crossing the Macedonian-Greek border near Gevgelija on Thursday. Macedonia is a key transit country in the Balkans migration route into the EU
Sudanese migrant Adam, 26 years old waits in the migrant camp called “New Jungle” next to the fence of the ferry port in Calais, northern France, on Friday, after applying for asylum in France
Immigrants wait to apply for political asylum at the asylum service office in Athens, Greece
Immigrants who arrived on a cargo ship from Turkey queue for meals in a basketball arena where they have been given temporary shelter in the town of Ierapetra, on the southern Greek island of Crete on Friday. Nearly 600 men, women and children, mostly refugees from Syria, have been temporarily put up in the southern Cretan town of Ierapetra, where they arrived in a crippled smuggling ship after more than a week at sea
Migrants drink water as they sit on Spanish soil after jumping a metallic fence that divides Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla. Spain says around 700 African migrants have rushed the barbed wire border fences and although police repelled most, 140 managed to enter Spanish territory.
Inmates of the Holot detention centre stand at the fence of the facility during a protest on the outside. Several asylum seekers came from Tel Aviv to demonstrate against the opening of Holot and Israel‘s refusal to grant them refugee status.
African asylum seekers gesture during a protest outside the Ministry of Interior in Tel Aviv, Israel. Over 1,000 African migrants, which mostly arrive from Eritrea and Sudan, marched from southern Tel Aviv’s Levinski Park to the Ministry of Interior.