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Dispute over Swedish Refugee Center

Published torsdag 27 april 2006 kl 11.56

  Swedish immigration authorities and human rights organizations have been clashing over a refugee center in central Sweden.

The authorities claim that the place is very suitable for the disabled – while the Red Cross and the Swedish church have denounced the center as unfit for handicapped refugees – some wounded in the fighting and bombings in Iraq and Eritrea.

   The Swedish federation for the disabled supports the criticism and claims that the injured refugees themselves are unhappy with the place.

  Meanwhile, the Swedish minister in charge of immigration has annoucned that asylum seeking families with children will get an answer from the authorities in 3 months time.

   The system here has been sharply criticized for taking too long to decide on asylum cases, and for being too negative – with many refugees and their children going underground when their request  has been rejected.

The old system has now been replaced with a series of immigration courts in Sweden’s 3 largest cities to deal with requests for asylum.

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