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Deportations Continue Despite New Law

Published fredag 11 november 2005 kl 12.25
Asylum demonstration outside parliament as the new law is adopted

On Wednesday the Swedish parliament adopted legislation allowing for a review of the applications of underground asylum seekers here.

But the law doesn’t go into effect until next Tuesday, and the newspaper “Dagens Nyheter” reports that in the meantime, some Swedish police units are actively expelling rejected asylum seekers.

The same day the law was passed a mother and her four children were deported from Sweden, and since the initial promise for a review was made in September, “Dagens Nyheter” says, more than 40 children have been forced out of this country against their will.

Most of the expulsions have been carried out by the police in southwestern Sweden, who say they are just following existing law. The police in the northern province of Dalarna, on the other hand, said last month they have better things to do than to track down children who in a few weeks would most likely be allowed to stay in the country anyway.

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