Iraqi Fugitives Return Home of Free Will

The number of Iraqi refugees returning home of their own free will has increased dramatically since a joint Swedish-Iraqi agreement was signed in February.

Just one month after the agreement was signed, 59 people left for Iraq. That is three times as many people this time last year. The agreement promises to welcome back refugees should they wish to return to Sweden at some point.

Concurrently, the Board of Migration is also issuing orders to the Swedish Police to extradite a number of Iraqis without residence permits. Kurdish immigrants from Northern Iraq will be extradited via Baghdad, a move that has been strongly criticised by the United Nation’s Refugee Agency.