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Inside Sweden

Published fredag 13 juli 2007 kl 10.44
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Sweden's Migration Board
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What is a refugee? We take a closer look at the Swedish Migration Board’s new, and strict, interpretation.

Health services are crying out for more blood donors - but many are not eligible to give.

A flowering shrub cultivated in East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula is a cause for concern here in Sweden. 

Closing Music: Abba ”Voulez-vous”

Recently the Swedish Migration Board made the controversial decision that asylum seekers from central and southern Iraq will no longer be allowed to stay in Sweden on the grounds of the dangerous situation in the country alone. To be able to stay, asylum seekers will now have to provide proof that they are personally threatened.

The move by the Migration Board has caused quite a controversy here, with the question being - what really is a refugee? And one individual Iraqi national is now appealing the ruling.

Radio Sweden’s Bill Schiller spoke with Dick Clomén of the Swedish Red Cross’ Department for International law and Refugees to find out more:

The Swedish Health Service is crying out for more blood donors - ten thousand in greater Stockholm alone according to doctors. But there are many rules on who can actually donate it, and not everyone’s sure that things like reading abilities and having an ID number should be among them. Tom McAlinden has more:

A flowering shrub cultivated in East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula is a cause for concern here in Sweden. As Gaby Katz discovers, chewing the fresh young leaves can be socially acceptable where the plant is indigenous but here in Sweden, it’s classified as a narcotic.


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