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Number of Refugees Disappearing in Sweden Increases

Published måndag 25 augusti 2008 kl 11.58

The number of refugees going underground in Sweden in order to avoid extradition has risen sharply.

Every day, around 20 refugees disappear without the authorities having any idea where to find them.

If this trend continues, then the number of disappearing refugees is set to reach 7000 a year, a 25 percent increase over last year’s figures of 5700.

Around three years ago, disappearing refugees figures diminished after the Swedish Board of Migration introduced a special court of appeal for those refused residence. Now it appears that numbers of refugees dissappearing are rising again.

One explanation could be that more refugees from Iraq and Afghanistan are being sent back more now, as Swedish authorities do not consider Iraq and Afghanistan an ongoing conflict area right now.

At present, the police are looking for almost 8000 refugees to be deported.

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