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Halt to Deportation of Iraqis?

Published onsdag 30 april 2008 kl 10.08
Iraqi refugees in Jordan

There are conflicting reports about whether the Swedish immigration authorities are able to deport rejected asylum seekers to central and southern Iraq.

The confusion comes because starting May 1st Jordan is requiring visas for visiting Iraqis, and the only air flight route from Stockholm to Baghdad is via the Jordanian capital Amman.

Firas Khoury of the Jordanian embassy in Germany told Radio Sweden that the new policy even applies to Iraqi transit passengers at Amman airport. He says that no matter how short their stay, all Iraqis will require visas.

But, a spokesman for the Swedish National Police Board says they have received different information and plan to continue deportations.

Swedish Radio News reports that the Swedish embassy in Amman is trying to get clarification from the Jordanian authorities, but won’t be meeting with them until Sunday. There are currently around 1000 rejected asylum seekers here awaiting deportation to central or southern Iraq.

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