Asylum seekers flowing to Scandinavia are finding chillier welcomes as their numbers surge and far-right parties increasingly assert their influence on immigration policy, analysts say.

Denmark, Norway and Finland -- but also Sweden, heretofore especially welcoming to migrants -- have begun cutting back the benefits they offer to newcomers while also hardening their asylum policies.

"It seems there's a certain amount of competition aimed at not offering the most generous social benefits to asylum seekers," said Asle Toje, a Norwegian international relations expert.

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