Norway raises 2015 asylum seeker forecast

by Reuters
Monday, 26 October 2015 09:27 GMT

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GARDERMOEN, Norway, Oct 26 (Reuters) - Norway raised its forecasts on Monday for how many asylum seekers will arrive in 2015, ahead of the rightwing government presentation of an amendment to its 2016 budget that could up state spending to deal with the increased arrivals.

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) said it now expects to receive 30,000-35,000 asylum applications this year, an increase from an estimated 20,000-25,000 seen on Oct. 5.

Norway has a population of 5.2 million people. (Reporting by Gwladys Fouche, editing by Terje Solsvik)

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