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Nuns from the Order of SS. Saviour of Saint Bridget of Sweden are seen as Pope Francis arrives to leads a Holy Mass at the Swedbank Stadion in Malmo, Sweden. Photo Max Rossi/Reuters
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.
Richard Freitag of Germany soars through the air during his training jump in the men’s large hill individual ski jumping event at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun on Tuesday
Judges of the normal hill ski jumping competition look out of windows at the Nordic Skiing World Championships in Falun, Sweden. The individual competition postponed to later in the day due to heavy winds.
Austria’s Eva-Maria Brem during the second run of the women’s World Cup giant slalom in Are, Sweden on Friday. Brem ended up in third place