The Swedish Migration Agency announced in November 2017 an initiative to reduce around 1,000 jobs within asylum assessment tasks by the second half of 2018. In November 2017 the number of employees working in asylum assessment was around 2,000, and the Agency's final objective is 770. Cuts will be made all across the country, where possible through retirements and the non-renewal of temporary contracts. The reduction is due to the estimated significant decrease in the number of asylum seekers in upcoming years, and the correspondingly scaled down budget of the Agency. As previosuly reported, among the first local-level negotiations of this wave of dismissals 111 jobs were cut in Halland and Västra Götaland counties.
The Swedish Migration Agency cut hundreds of jobs on the same grounds in a previous wave of dismissals in 2017.
Many asylum applications dating back to 2015 have still been congesting the system and asylum assessment has been under-resourced, resulting in high work intensity, overtime and sick leaves for employees.