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Fast-tracking Iraqi Refugees

Published tisdag 25 september 2007 kl 12.50
Waiting in line at the Migration Board offices

Swedish immigration authorities say they will speed up the process for reviewing applications for asylum from Iraqi refugees here with seemingly good cases.

A special group of 20 employees are to handle the cases within 2 weeks – instead of the many months asylum-seekers are usually forced to wait. If this works, the authorities say this could be a new model to take care of waves of refugees in the future.

Some critics feel, however, that such a system might let criminals slip through – or might encourage others to provide false papers.

Many of the Iraqis fleeing the war at home and coming to Europe have come to Sweden – often hoping to join friends and relatives already here. Sweden has earlier appealed to other European Union members to help share the burden by opening their doors to Iraqi refugees.

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