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Half of Refugees from Iraq

Published onsdag 17 januari 2007 kl 12.05
Refugees arriving at Stockholm's Arlanda airport

The Swedish immigration authorities are expecting a large increase in the number of refugees this year, and fully half of them will be from Iraq.

According to the Swedish Migration Board, if the current trend continues, there will be between 35,000 and 40,000 asylum seekers from Iraq this year, a 50 percent increase from 2006.

Most Iraqi refugees are going to neighboring Syria or Jordan and Sweden’s ambassador in Amman, Tommy Arwitz, told Radio Sweden that most of the Iraqi refugees to Sweden already have relatives here.

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