Migration policy

Syrians deported from Sweden despite killings

Swedish migration authorities continue to deport Syrians who claim they are fleeing persecution in their home country, despite UN reports of more than 6,000 killed in democracy protests in the country.

During 2011 close to 500 Syrians applied for asylum here and just 100 were granted residency, reports Swedish Radio News. Swedish migration authorities do not consider the violence in Syria to be an “armed conflict” which would allow for more refugees from the country.

“We think this is terrible. It’s a warzone there and people are still sent back to risk their lives, as well as torture and prison,” activist Azad Qamsiloki told Swedish Radio News.

However since Sweden reviewed it’s assessment of Syria last month the number of sucessful asylum applications has risen sharply, with about 60 percent of requests approved.