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refugee explusions

Billström not to face parliamentary committee

Published tisdag 25 januari 2011 kl 18.01
Social Democrat Tomas Eneroth wanted the migration minister to answer to a parliamentary committee. Photo: Lars-Peter Hielle/SR

Centre-right MPs and the Sweden Democrats have voted down attempts by opposition red-green MPs to force Sweden's Migration Minister Tobias Billström and the head of the Swedish Migration Board, Dan Eliasson, to appear before parliament's social security committee.

They wanted them there to answer questions about Sweden's continued deportation of failed asylum seekers to Iraq, and the US diplomatic cables leaked by Wikileaks, which are said to contain controversial statements by Billström and Foreign Minister Carl Bildt.

The red-greens were voted down in the committee by the four centre-right parties and the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats. "One can wonder what they have to hide", said the committee's deputy chairman, Social Democrat Tomas Eneroth, to news agency TT.

However the conservative Moderate chairman of the committee, Gunnar Axén, says that it's not the committee's job to do that kind of questioning. That should occur in the Constitutional Committee instead, he told TT, and noted that the minister has already been reported there.

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