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Sweden to receive stranded Syrian refugees

Published måndag 13 augusti 2012 kl 17.55
Ruins in the Syrian city, and the offices of the Migration Board. Photo: Scanpix

Sweden is ready to receive 48 Syrian refugees who were on their way to Canada but, according to Swedish Radio, are now in Cuba, a country on friendlier terms with the regime in their home country.

The United Nations has asked Sweden to receive the refugees so they are not sent back, says Michael Ribbenvik, head of legal affairs at the Migration Board.

"We have a large number of Syrians who have tried to get to Canada but not been successful. They were stopped on their way into a third country," says Ribbenvik, who would not confirm their location.

The Migration Board is now trying each of the 48 cases.

Ribbenvik, who says no European country is sending refugees back to Syria due to the gravity of the internal conflict in the country, expects a quick decision.

"We are waiting for the right documents from the UN, we will then make a very fast decision," he tells Swedish Radio.

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