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Deporting to the Wrong Part of the Country

Published fredag 21 september 2007 kl 12.35

A 51 year old Iraqi asylum seeker may be deported from Sweden to the south of Iraq, even though he originally comes from a different part of the country.

The Swedish Migration Board says the law doesn’t say that a person has to have a connection to the part of the country that they are to be sent back to, and that they can be sent back as long as they can live and work there.

The Migration Board decided in July that failed Iraqi asylum seekers can be sent back to Iraq, as according to the Swedish legal definition, there is no armed conflict in the country, only hostilities.

”Dagens Nyheter” reports that more than 10,000 Iraqis have applied for asylum in Sweden so far this year, most of those from Baghdad and the south. Just under half have been given permanent residence here.

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