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Criticism of Asylum Law Implementation

Published onsdag 15 mars 2006 kl 10.52
Asylum demonstration outside parliament as the new law is adopted

The Swedish government’s parliamentary allies have complained that the law intended to give underground asylum-seekers here a second chance is not being properly applied.

Writing in Wednesday’s edition of the newspaper “Dagens Nyheter” four prominent members of parliament from the Left and Green parties say only half of the 30,000 applicants are being allowed to stay, and most of them are families with children or those who cannot be sent home because of security considerations.

Only 10 percent of other underground asylum-seekers, the four say, are getting permission to stay in Sweden.

The minority Social Democratic government gets its legislation through parliament with the help of the Left and Green parties. The new asylum law was introduced at their instigation, after the government rejected a general amnesty.

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